Forum to ask if faculty evaluations should go online

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

A faculty-student panel will discuss the topic "Should Faculty Evaluations be Posted Online?" on Thursday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Den in the Student Union (this is a location change from a previous announcement). Many students believe their evaluations of faculty teaching should be posted online for review by other students enrolling in classes the following semester/year. Faculty concerns are these: 1) not enough students fill out the evaluations to ensure that the critiques genuinely reflect the whole class experience; 2) some students may use evaluations to "get back" at faculty because of interpersonal tensions or a dislike for the course or workload; 3) students might use the evaluations to pick classes based on considerations that have nothing to do with the quality of the instructor. UAA is introducing a new evaluation form (called IDEA) based on a nationwide assessment of the most effective evaluation processes; also, for the first time, all course evaluations will be conducted online. All are invited to come, eat free pizza and listen to what promises to be an interesting discussion. Questions?

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