This 1948 Thresher article is the earliest reference I’ve seen to students evaluating faculty at Rice in an organized way:
I’m particularly interested in the way the faculty members are talking here. The tolerant tone has the feel of a verbal pat on the head for the youngsters but I do think that Professor Camden sticks his finger–gently–right into the heart of the problem.
Bonus: This young man is Christian Hauser, a very recent Rice grad who has been working with me in the Woodson on a major project. Over Christmas break he and his young family were involved in a serious car accident. He and the little one are fine but his wife was very badly injured and had to be airlifted back to Houston. She’s currently hospitalized here and is doing better but they have a long, hard road in front of them. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with what will be their considerable expenses. The link is here for anyone who feels able to contribute. It will be greatly appreciated.