Course Evaluations

Course Evaluations - Course Evaluations Biology 101 at...

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Course Evaluations Biology 101 at Western is a non-major’s general education requirement for graduation. In spite of pervasive apathy toward such courses, the results of this innovative version of Biology 101, based on student evaluations and student performance, are positive. On a 1 to 5 scale running from very poor to excellent the course has been consistently rated from good (3) to very good (4) with an over-all average evaluation of 3.85. Surprisingly, the intellectual challenge offered by the course has, as consistently, been rated higher with an average of 4.00. The course has maintained a reasonable amount of rigor with an over-all class average of 79% and a median of 80% (n = 696). As a measure of grade inflation (or lack thereof), 16% of the students earned a grade of A− to A. By comparison the national average in higher education is approximately 26% today and was 19% in 1976 (Comarow, 1999). Even so, it has been fairly easy to pass the course; an average of 93% of those who enrolled have passed (n = 720).
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