The University of Findlay recognizes two purposes in having students evaluate classroom teaching.
First, perceptions of teaching effectiveness by students can assist instructors and academic areas to improve teaching. The second purpose is to gather data and information to inform contract renewal, promotion and tenure considerations.
In order to make the most reliable and valid decisions, all faculty members will evaluate every course in every semester including the summer. All classes taught by part-time faculty members or adjunct faculty members will also be evaluated every semester including summer. Additionally, evening classes, on-line classes, weekend college classes and off-campus classes are to be included in the evaluation process. Information regarding the required student course evaluations should be included in the syllabus and on Blackboard, if applicable.
All formal course evaluations will be collected on-line. The Office of the Registrar will compile and retain one copy of the evaluation data and information for the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. College deans and program directors/chairperson (where applicable) will be provided the results of all course evaluations. Faculty members will be provided all data and information gathered for his/her course evaluations.
The Office of the Registrar is responsible for the preparation, distribution, collection, compilation, and distribution of the results to the faculty member, dean and Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Office of the Registrar is also responsible for the security of the information and data. Faculty members in consultation with the Office of the Registrar will establish a mutually agreeable time and format for the evaluations to be posted for student use, generally within the last two weeks of an instructional term. Faculty members may offer participation credit for completing the evaluation.
The University uses the standardized forms for student evaluations. Faculty may supplement these evaluation forms with the approval of their college dean.
Students who have had excessive absences in a course as indicated by an official second notice from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty will NOT be allowed to evaluate the instructor of that course. Students who have had action taken against them for cheating in a course will NOT be allowed to evaluate the instructor of that course. The instructor will deliver to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, before the time of evaluation, a list of such students not being allowed to evaluate a course.