Measuring the Impact of Externalities on College of Agriculture Teaching Evaluations

Student evaluation of teaching (SET) is employed as an aid in improving instruction and determining faculty teaching effectiveness. However, economic theory indicates the existence of externalities in SET scores that directly influence their interpretation. As a test of this existence, a multinomial-choice, ordered data estimation procedure is employed to identify course externalities influencing SET. These externalities include student class standing, required courses, class size, days a class meets, class meeting time, classroom location, and classroom design. Results indicate that externalities have a significant impact on teaching evaluations. Thus, failure to internalize these externalities will lead to biases in SET and questionable use of SET as an aid in instruction improvement and determining faculty effectiveness.


Issue Date:
2005-12
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/43486
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 37, Number 3
Page range:
635-645
Total Pages:
11
JEL Codes:
A20; A22; I21




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