SUBJECT: Student Evaluation of the Instructor
POLICY #: ACAD103
AUTHORIZED BY: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs date: 9/27/01
APPROVED BY: Dean of the University date: 9/28/01
The purpose of this policy is to define the procedures for student evaluation of instructors.
Student evaluation is only one part of the evaluation of instruction. Because teaching is such an important component of the evaluation of faculty members, faculty members should take care that other data is also available such as the results of classroom visitations, teaching portfolios, student letters, enrollment patterns, grade distributions, course syllabi and exams, and self-evaluation.
The student evaluation of the instructor process is required as part of the Performance Based Funding process. The University is responsible for ensuring that student evaluations will be administered in every course every term. The only exception will be sections where only a single student is enrolled. Because the funding of the University is dependent on the documentation that this process has been completed, unusually strict procedures are required. All faculty and staff members involved must be extraordinarily careful to be sure that these procedures are followed.
The evaluation process shall include all questions required by the Commission on Higher Education, USC policy requirements, by the Dean of the University, and by the Faculty Organization. The process may include additional questions from the division or the instructor.
Faculty members will not receive results of the evaluations (either partial or full) until after final grades have been submitted. The confidentiality of the student responses shall be maintained. Faculty members may not reveal to students at any time any guesses they may have about the origins of particular responses.
In consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Institutional Research Office will prepare the form that contains all questions that originate above the division level. The Division Chair will be responsible for preparing the form that contains questions that originate at the division level. Individual faculty members will be responsible for preparing any additional material they think is appropriate.
The form prepared by the Institutional Research Office will be tabulated in that office and will be retained on file for documentation purposes. A statistical summary of the results will be returned to the faculty member, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and to the Division Chair soon after the end of the semester. Faculty members may inspect these forms to verify the accuracy of the tabulations and may make copies of the original forms if they wish to do so.
The forms prepared at the division level and at the instructor level shall be tabulated by the division assistant in such a way as to preserve the anonymity of the responses. At no time may the individual faculty member see handwritten student comments. If the division form includes such comments, the division assistant will type these comments before making them available to the faculty member. At the faculty member's request, the division chair (or Associate Dean in the case of division chairs) will confirm the accuracy of the transcriptions. Because individual faculty forms must be tabulated by the division assistants, these forms must have the approval of the division chairs. Copies of blank forms used by divisions and instructors should be sent to the Institutional Research Office for the permanent file.
Procedure for campus wide forms
Procedure for Division and Instructor Forms
The division forms may be administered as seems best to the division. The instructor forms may be administered as seems best to the instructor. However, whatever procedures are used, the anonymity of individual student responses must be maintained. These evaluations do not have to be administered on the same schedule as the campus-wide forms.
|Recommended by||Approved by|
|Associate Dean for Academic Affairs||Dean of the University|