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I think the customer analogy has some merits - (which can basically be summed up as "don't be an asshole"). Which I believe is basically how the teacher evaluations are used now for the most part. 

The biggest scary part about this is that (unlike value added teacher evaluations) there is no external referent for how well you taught students. So people replace these teacher evals with them - because that is all they have. They are probably ok to answer "Is this teacher an asshole" for many courses, but will never be able to answer "how much did students learn".
 
quote: If given the benefit of the doubt, these assertions have some merit: College today is far too expensive. But let’s leave aside the fact that ballooning tuition does not, I repeat, does not, go to professors’ imaginary $200,000 salaries. Faculty are by and large co-victims, along with students, in the cratering of the American university system. Scaring the beejezus out of professors is largely redundant, and the GOP’s thirst for their blood is ideological.

But college students are not customers. That analogy needs to die. It needs to be drowned in the world’s largest bathtub. It needs a George R.R. Martin–esque bloodbath of a demise.

Legitimate research has determined that student evaluations of professors are biased, and so their “customer ratings” aren’t fair. Legitimate research also indicates that while professorial popularity and effectiveness do overlap, one does not immediately signify or correlate with the other. Further, most students don’t actually view themselves as customers, because they know how education works and actually want to get one.
In what is apparently a vogue of Republican state legislators exercising misplaced vendettas against college professors, Iowa Sen. Mark Chelgren recently made headlines when he introduced Senate File 64, “an Act relating to the teaching effectiveness and employment of professors” at Iowa public institutions. Each year, the bill stipulates, any...
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Check out Bob Bosch's site as well - very cool stuff
I discovered a picture of me in my student lab - one of the students optimized me for a class project using dominos(!)  My second blog post ever was about Bob Bosch's optimization art - see some of...
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new blog post - example of propensity score matching, but restricting the matches based on geographic distance
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Tweet School is (nearly) out for the summer. That means millions of newly-minted college graduates will strike out on their own to find a job and place to live. Here at Trulia, we’re experts in the latter, so we’ve set out to help new grads find areas where they can afford to rent and still …
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Times Union had an article about the Meares' offender forums. Pictures are from Troy, but Albany and Schenectady have similar programs via DCJS funding.
The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision selects high-risk individuals for the program, including those with a history of gun and gang violence. The parolees who attend the hourlong sessions interact with law enforcement officials as well as reformed criminals like Stroud, who participates as a member of Re-entry Opportunities and Orientations Towards Success, also known as ROOTS, which assists people emerging from prisons. ...
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In the category "last night on Twitter", a challenge I couldn't resist: creating illuminated contours (aka Tanaka contours) in QGIS. Daniel P. Huffman started the thread by posting this great examp...
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Terrain Tools are designed to extend your out-of-the-box toolkit for representing terrain in GIS by encouraging you how to be more creative; how to think more critically about design choices; and how to go beyond the defaults. Terrain Tools are a downloadable toolbox for use in ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro.
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On the lack of correlation between weather and mood
I like to think of myself as a data-respecting guy--by which I mean that I try to follow the data wherever it leads, and work hard to suppress my intuitions in cases where those intuitions are conv...
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This image is based on a Landsat scene already two months old but none the less seems interesting enough to feature here. It shows the Bay of Whales at the Antarctic coast which is the southmost point of open ocean on Earth. The bay is located north of Roosevelt Island at the front of the Ross ...
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