TaxProf, a member of the law professor blogs network, found a paper by James Felton, Peter T. Koper, John Mitchell and Michael Stinson on "Attractiveness, Easiness and Other Issues: Student Evaluations of Professors on Ratemyprofessors.com", Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 45-61, Feb. 2008, on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Felton et al. (2004) reported that web-based student evaluations of teaching (SET) demonstrated a student preference for course easiness and instructor sexiness. This study explores these same relationships with a larger and improved database. Results indicate even stronger relationships than previously reported. In addition, this study demonstrates significant cultural differences by institution and discipline in the relationships between Quality, Easiness, and 'Hotness' in web-based SET.
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