The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 9th, 2015
Easy or demanding? Boring or engaging? And what about homework?
The student-evaluation site Rate My Professors
contains a huge stockpile of information about what college students
think of their instructors. And thanks to a new tool created by a
Northeastern University professor, those millions of reviews can be
mined to reveal students’ biases about male and female professors.
Benjamin M. Schmidt, an assistant professor of history at Northeastern, spoke to The New York Times about his interactive tool,
which allows users to see how often certain words appear in male and
female professors’ reviews, across an array of disciplines.