A look into HSU’s faculty evaluation system
By Melissa Coleman
Laura Hahn, a communications professor at HSU, pulls two heavy binders off a shelf in her office. They contain the files she used to get tenure. In it are evaluations from other professors, letters of recommendation and hundreds of student evaluations from her previous classes.
Not all students agree or realize that the administration and their professors take student evaluations seriously. A study in the Journal of Higher Education last year found that 99 percent of students at Western Illinois University, which has an evaluation system like HSU’s, believe that instructors do not usually change their teaching behavior as a result of student suggestions in evaluations.