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Re: Why Do Colleges Tie Academic Careers To Winning the Approval of

Posted: Nov 3, 2013 11:25 AM
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Richard Hake Posted: Nov 1, 2013 1:36 PM

>colleges tie academic careers to winning the approval of
>teenagers? Something is seriously amiss.
>By Lyell Asher
>Oct. 27, 2013 5:26 p.m. ET

I think a grade of "C" would be generous for Professor Asher's essay. And I would consider a "C" only because I cannot be sure who wrote the title. It is perfectly clear that the essay does not answer the question the title presents.

Title aside, the question Professor Asher is trying to answer is not made explicit in the body of the essay, so we have to guess. As best I can tell, Professor Asher is answering the question, "Should 'Sets' be used to evaluate professors?" He makes a strong case for the negative.

Where Professor Asher offers many citations to support his argument against evaluating professors with SETs, he offers us merely a couple of baseless speculations on why university administrations continue to use SETs precisely for that purpose---the actual question posed by the title.

This is a shame. While the question of how to evaluate professors is a good one, the question posed by the title---why do college administrations use a demonstrably false method for such evaluations---would be, I believe, highly revealing of widespread and systemic corruption in the academe. In other words, the title question is far more important than the question Professor Asher actually explores. He let the big one get away.

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