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Is Student Rating of Professors an Equitable Practice or an Episode of "Black Mirror?"

Jeannie Gianni

Posted on November 22, 2022 18:21

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2​022 is a world full of ratings. Toddlers as early as 30-months can recognize different emojis such as thumbs up and thumbs down. We rate our restaurants, Uber drivers, businesses, hairdressers, so why not rate our teachers and professors? Can students rating of professors help to bolster enrollment numbers or will it create a toxic workplace for professors to teach and educate only to get a positive review on Rate My Professors?

Higher education enrollment has dropped by 9% between the Fall of 2009 to 2020, so the need to retain and garner new crops of students is imperative. How do we better standardize and support the purpose of teacher rating sites?

Teachers need to be held accountable to understand that their students’ voices are important, but administrators need to be aware of the biases and emotions that students may have when writing these reviews. I do think that there needs to be a way to evaluate and inform professors of their practices in an anonymous format. Ways to make it more effective have to be the questions: level of attractiveness, and boredom meters should not be a part of the survey.

To take away the Yelp style of review on these teaching websites, the websites should require that students review during the middle of the term and at the end to get a full picture of each professor. Students should not be able to just write at the end when they receive their final grade and emotion may blur their perspective. Our world is edging closer and closer to a Black Mirror episode, so these sites should not encourage the grotesque need to be liked and popular.

Jeannie Gianni

Posted on November 22, 2022 18:21

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