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Few issues in academia raise as many conflicting opinions among the various constituencies of a university as does the subject of student evaluations. Faculty members either welcome student evaluations, live with them, or condemn them. Administrators may view them as a panacea, discount them as meaningless, or view them as one of many inputs necessary to judge the "worthiness" of an individual faculty member. Students believe they have the right to evaluate the faculty but they question how much reliance is placed on their views by the faculty and administration.

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