Universities: How to Rate a Teacher

One implication of the "publish or perish" syndrome is that university administrators, unable to measure teaching ability, tend to abdicate this responsibility and rate teachers solely on their research. Contending that one of their favorite teachers is the victim of this practice, 200 Yale students last week picketed for three days and chilly nights outside administrative offices in Woodbridge Hall.

They held that Richard J. Bernstein, 32-year-old associate professor of philosophy, had been passed over for tenure despite exceptionally "creative" classroom teaching. The Tenure Appointments Committee refused to discuss its decision,...

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