Course Evaluations from 2005 Almost Fully Reviewed, Changes Incoming

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According to a statement released yesterday, Penn Administrators have almost finally completed going over course feedback from the 2005 Spring semester. Data for each course will be sent to the respective school, which will be expected to make changes per student recommendations.

According to this statement, the roughly 40,000 evaluations were assigned to Steven Fitzgerald, a former student intern at Penn’s Center for Teaching and Learning. “We are excited to announce that, after 13 years, Steve is almost done,” the statement read. “The evaluations provided us with invaluable data on how to improve students’ academic experiences.”

Overall, students were positive about their courses. The highest rated course REAL 260 — “Investing in the Housing Market: Why It Will Never Fail and Why Nothing Bad Will Happen to Us Even If It Does” — was described by students as “incredibly important” and “insightful,” albeit “oddly specific.”

Fitzgerald was originally a member of the Class of 2007, but was told he could not receive his diploma until he finished his work-study job reviewing the evaluations. “It’s been a long ride, but I’m glad I stuck with it,” he said. “My liberal arts degree will only be more useful now.”

On the professors side, a school-wide survey showed that approximately three-percent of instructors reported ever reading their evaluations and that about a third of that group reported giving “any semblance of a shit” about their rating.

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