At the end of a semester, university students fill out teaching evaluations. The students can write whatever they want and hand in their bubble sheets and their written comments. Do other students at the same university have the right to see these comments as they choose whether to take a course with that professor? My answer is “yes” but apparently there are many Columbia professors who disagree.
I think that a university teacher’s evaluations should all be posted on an easily to access public webpage. If a student anonymously says something rude about the Professor as a person, then I can see that this should be removed while trying to minimize censorship. My question for the RBC community is whether “sunshine laws” work or whether old school professors such as a Harvey Mansfield would receive so much public hate that this would nudge such scholars to change their game to try to be popular and this would have long run negative consequences for learning?
UPDATE: Could this WSJ blog entry offer the real reason for the Columbia opposition?