The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 23rd, 2015
A bill circulating in the Iowa State Senate offers a novel (and
cutthroat) way to hold professors accountable: putting their fates into
students’ hands, Survivor-style. Every year the professor most disliked by students would be voted off the campus.
introduced by Sen. Mark Chelgren, a Republican, would require the
state’s public universities to rate professors’ performance based solely
on students’ evaluations of their teaching effectiveness. Professors
whose evaluation scores didn’t reach a minimum threshold would be
automatically fired by the university.