A recent review of studies concerning student ratings of instruction1 indicates some probabilities that may be related to the intellectual and moral development of the college student. The studies indicate that the following apply:

1. Most rating forms measure the amount of rapport the instructor establishes.

2. The dimension of teaching skill is strongly influenced by teacher characteristics.

3. Teacher characteristics are more influential than course characteristics in skill ratings.

4. There is probably a weak positive correlation between instructor rank and student ratings.

5. The inconsistency of results in such studies may be the most singular element of the studies reviewed when comparing student achievement and student ratings.

6. Teachers apparently make little use of student ratings to improve their courses or student ratings.