Course Evaluation

Course evaluations are conducted under the supervision of the Faculty Development Committee, which authors and reviews the evaluation instrument and procedures.

Deans determine which faculty are to be evaluated and submit the names to Academic Affairs. These faculty should consult with deans about which evaluation method they will use — online or paper.

At minimum, course evaluations occur every semester for non-tenured faculty and every third semester for tenured faculty.

Courses with an enrollment of 5 or more are evaluated. Faculty who desire evaluation of courses with enrollments of 2, 3, or 4 must notify their dean. Deans must note these exceptions on their list of faculty to be evaluated. Courses with an enrollment of 1 are not evaluated.

Course evaluations should be conducted during the two weeks prior to final exams. Faculty who use the online method may have students complete the evaluation in a computer lab or on a personal computing device in the classroom.

Evaluation reports are distributed electronically to the faculty and their deans.

The administration takes these evaluations seriously and expects instructors to take them seriously as well. Faculty who are being considered for promotion or tenure are asked to summarize their scores over several semesters and explain how they have responded to the feedback they have received. However, those involved in promotion and tenure decisions are aware of the limitations of this evaluation instrument, and our evaluation process takes those limitations into account. The following points may help you keep these evaluations in perspective:

  • Your record of evaluations over several semesters is more important than your scores in a single semester.
  • Your interpretation of and responses to the evaluations are more important than the raw scores.
  • Student evaluations are only one of several types of evaluation used in promotion and tenure decisions. (See Faculty/Staff Manual, Section II.A.6.a-i.)

While no system of student evaluations is perfect, there is no substitute for direct feedback from those who sit in our classes. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please consult your dean, department chair, division coordinator, or Faculty Development Committee representative.

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