Title : Are grades inflated for good teaching evaluations? Evidence from Bangladesh

Authors : Gour Gobinda Goswami, Abdul Mumit

Abstract : It has been widely contended that excessive reliance on using student evaluations of teaching effectiveness, namely teaching evaluations, can be a contributing factor towards grade inflation. As performance evaluation of faculty members are largely dependent on these teaching evaluations, there is a significant incentive for course instructors to give higher, potentially inflated, grades to students in return for favorable teaching evaluations as positive reciprocity. Furthermore, as universities increase their reliance on part-time and adjunct instructors, who rely on good teaching evaluations significantly more than full-time faculty members, the likelihood of grade inflation is further exacerbated. This study investigated the question of whether the use of teaching evaluations has been a contributing factor towards grade inflation at a certain private university in Bangladesh. Analyzing the data for 98,362 student evaluations of more than 3,653 course sections, this study examined the relationship between teaching evaluation and average class grade for courses offered during Spring 2012, Summer 2012 and Fall 2012 semesters at this university. Statistically significant results indicate a positive relationship between teaching evaluation and average class grade for courses, after latent variables such as teaching quality and other independent variables were statistically controlled. The conclusion that, higher grades beget high evaluation scores regardless of teaching quality, indicates grade inflation for ensuring good teaching evaluation.

Journal : Volume : Year : 2018 Issue :
Pages : City : Manama, Bahrain Edition : Editors :
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Proceeding Title : QS MAPLE 2018 (4-6 March, 2018) Institution : Issuer : Number :