Student evaluation ratings: Examining predictive relationships between students’ ratings and course satisfaction
Higher education administrators lack strong understanding about using course evaluation data to make administrative judgments and decisions. Most previous course evaluation research focuses on traditional undergraduate degree programs and university settings. Pharmacy schools have a different structure from traditional degree programs and therefore introduce unique influences on evaluations. We analyzed archival student course evaluation data from a pharmacy school to examine bivariate relationships between eight course rating items (predictor variables) and the overall course rating (criterion variable), as well the extent to which course type, level, and GPA moderated these relationships. The results revealed evidence of validity and reliability and eight significant, moderate to strong positive bivariate relationships (r = .756 - .565). Pharmacy practice course type significantly moderated this relationship (r = -.247, p = .003). The results suggest pharmacy school administrators should consider individual course evaluation item ratings, not just the overall rating, when making decisions.
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