Student Evaluation of Faculty:Psychometric Validity of Court's Views


  • Robert E. Haskell University of New England



Academic Freedom, College Faculty, Court Litigation, Educational Administration, Educational Research, Higher Education, Psychometrics, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Responsibility, Tenure


In two previous papers, it was noted that while a controversial history of research on the reliability and validity of student evaluation of faculty (SEF) exists, it has not been typically viewed as an infringement on academic freedom, promotion, reappointment, and tenure rights. As a consequence, legal aspects of SEF are neither readily apparent, nor available. Legal rulings, their implications and assumptions in relation to their accuracy and psychometric validity where SEF are integral to the denial of academic freedom, tenure, promotion, and reappointment are reviewed along with the legal principles of Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact, and the scientific Precautionary Principle in policy decisions.


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Author Biography

Robert E. Haskell, University of New England

Robert E. Haskell has been teaching college and university level courses for over twenty years. He earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Psychology and Social Relations, his M.A., and B.A. from San Francisco State University. His areas of research and teaching include: transfer of learning, analogical reasoning, small group dynamics. Major publications include: four books, the latest of which is, The Future of Education and Transfer of Learning: A Cognitive Theory of Learning and Instruction For The 21st Century (forthcoming), and numerous presentations, chapters, and research articles in national and international journals. He also serves on several editorial review boards, and is Associate Editor of The Journal of Mind and Behavior. He is former Chair, and currently Professor of Psychology, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of New England.




How to Cite

Haskell, R. E. (1997). Student Evaluation of Faculty:Psychometric Validity of Court’s Views. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 5, 18.