As Colleges Switch to Online Course Evaluations, Students Stop Filling Them Out

Colleges thought they were enhancing efficiency when they moved their course evaluations online, but an unintended consequence of the shift to evaluations not filled out in class is that students started skipping them altogether, The Boston Globe reported today. According to the Globe, some institutions concerned about the dropoff in participation are offering incentives to students, such as lotteries for iPods or meal vouchers at Northeastern University and pizza for the class with the highest return rate in some MIT departments. The Globe says other institutions are considering withholding students’ grades until they submit the evaluations.

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