Tuesday, May 24, 2005
A study provides food for thought as we Tax Profs partake in our semi-annual ritual of reading student evaluations:
[The study] examines the relationships between students' assessments of course quality, course easiness, and professor sexiness. Guess what? Sexy professors get higher course quality rankings than less-sexy professors. Together, sexiness and easiness explain about half of the variance in course quality. [from Pub Sociology]
Yikes -- tax obviously ranks low on the "course easiness" meter. As for how individual Tax Profs rank in "professor sexiness," long-time TaxProf Blog readers may recall last summer's Law Prof Hunk Contest (see here and here.) Other relevant evidence may be found here, here, here, and here.
(The paper in question, Web-Based Student Evaluations of Professors: The Relations Between Perceived Quality, Easiness, and Sexiness, is posted on SSRN.) Thanks to PrawfsBlawg for the tip. For more, see The Volokh Conspiracy and Congomerate.