Education: Marked Men

The University of Michigan felt quite sure that it had an impressive faculty, studded liberally with scholars, and practically every man & woman a Ph.D. or on the way to being one. But like many another university, Michigan was worried. Had it placed too much emphasis on scholarship and not enough on teaching? Just how many of its teachers were really good teachers?

Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts decided to find out about its own faculty. Last December it asked its 7,500 students to fill out a questionnaire, marking their professors and instructors on such points as 1) clarity,...

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