Yesterday I received an email from one of my communications professors urging us to fill out class evaluations. I actually received emails about class evaluations from all my professors, now that I think about it. But this one was different. My professor took the time to explain to us why class evaluations were important for us, as students. He said that when he was a student, he would’ve had to overcome several obstacles in order to give feedback about his professors. He reminded us of the power we hold as students and urged us to take advantage of the opportunity to provide our input about our professors and classes.
This email really made me think about the power we hold as students. It is interesting to think about the fact that the feedback we give about our professors determines their evaluations, promotions and so on. The opportunity afforded to us in the form of class evaluations is something that we should absolutely take advantage of, but instead its something that we often dread. I think its important for us to realize how lucky we are to be able to evaluate the people responsible for our education and have a part in determining who stays and who goes.
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that this email really changed the way I view course evaluations. I am thankful that my professor brought this to my attention and I am also thankful that the university allows us this opportunity to provide feedback and have some kind of control in our education.