Evaluations’ validity and the extent to which grades and satisfaction interrelate have created a problematic since their inception. The problematic exists not only at the Université libre de Bruxelles but also on a global level. Throughout the past years, several studies have been conducted, providing evidence concerning this particular topic.
In regard with factors affecting the evaluations of instructor performance, the literature indicated that there are indeed a series of factors that affect those evaluations. It is therefore vital to monitor those factors so that the true performance can be evaluated. Such factors are average grade of the taught course (Germain and Scandura (2005), Ellis, Burke, Lomire and McCormack (2003), Feldman (1976), Norvilitis and Zhang (2009)), instructor enthusiasm and charisma (Ware & Williams (1975), Ware & Williams (1977), Naftulin, Ware and Donnelly (1973)), workload (H.W. Marhs (1980), H.W. Marsh (1982)), expected grade for the taught course (H.W. Marsh (1980), H.W. Marsh (1982)) and class size (Frey (1978), Bausell and Bausell (1979), Ellis, Burke, Lomire and McCormack (2003)). Although some of those factors are difficult to monitor, an evaluation should take them into account whilst assessing a certain instructor for a certain course. Without controlling for those factors, evaluations offer little information about an instructor’s true performance (Stapleton, R. J., & Murkison, G. (2001)).