[CAFR-L] Have you guys seen this?

Vokey, John vokey at uleth.ca
Fri Jan 27 19:48:36 MST 2012


Dan,
  What is your source for this?

On 2012-01-27, at 7:38 PM, Daniel O'Donnell wrote:

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> Has anybody seen this yet?
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>> Student evaluations: (a) probationary and Term Appointment members -
>> student evaluations for all courses; (b) continuing and tenured
>> members - at least one evaluation for each level of course taught
>> during the two-year biennial evaluation cycle. Student evaluations
>> must be conducted using the Faculty-approved questionnaire. For each
>> course evaluated, the Department Chair or other Assessor shall
>> provide a fair summary of the raw data to the member, and shall
>> provide this fair summary to the Dean’s Office, as supporting
>> documentation for the Chair or other Assessor’s assessment of the
>> members teaching performance.
> 
> The key sentences of this are at the end:
> 
> Student evaluations
>> must be conducted using the Faculty-approved questionnaire.
> 
> For each
>> course evaluated, the Department Chair or other Assessor shall
>> provide a fair summary of the raw data to the member, and shall
>> provide this fair summary to the Dean’s Office, as supporting
>> documentation for the Chair or other Assessor’s assessment of the
>> members teaching performance.
> 
> This is a major, unnegotiated, revision of the handbook and a major infringement of academic freedom. a) We do not get a fair summary, we get the complete evaluation; b) There is no requirement that we use the (appalling poor) A&S evaluation; c) /We/ decide what goes to the deans office, not the chair or the dean; d) We cannot be required to introduce an administrative document into our pedagogical space: if (for example), we consider the A&S form to be disruptive to proper pedagogy--as one might, given how badly it is written and how out of step it is with current research on best practice in course evaluation--are the deans and chairs say we need to wreck our class anyway?
> 
> My God! This is worse than normal.
> 
> -dan
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