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Draft Report Available for Campus Comment

Click Here  to access the FINAL report of the Course Assessment Advisory Committee.

            The report appendices are available by clicking here.

Committee Charge
  1. Overall, review the historical use of course evaluations at UAlbany and official policy regarding them, and to make recommendations regarding them going forward.
    • This would include using course evaluations to inform and improve teaching practice, as well as for tenure and promotion of the tenured and tenure-track faculty, and for how course evaluations are used to evaluate or promote the professional development of adjunct faculty.
  2. Specifically consider the formative and summative roles that course evaluations play (and what else beyond course evaluations should be used for both types of assessment), and make recommendations regarding this.
  3. Assess and make recommendations regarding the reliability and validity of the online course evaluation instrument.
  4. Review the questions/instrument currently in use (and for the past 20 years at UAlbany) relative to those used by other universities, and recommend changes/alterations, as needed.
  5. Review the usefulness of the summary reports for both formative and summative evaluation purposes, and make recommendations regarding them.
  6. Recommend plans and proposals to promote increased student engagement, thereby increasing student response rates. 
  7. Develop a bank of optional questions that faculty might choose from as means to invite them to be more engaged in the course assessment process.
  8. Develop recommendations around the desire of students to have access to course evaluation results, and the appropriateness of doing just that.
  9. Gather and review reactions of students and faculty to this past year’s online evaluation experience to see where additional improvements can be made.
Advisory Committee Members
  • Heidi Andrade (co-chair) - Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Methodology; Past Chair, Council on Academic Assessment
  • Bruce Szelest (co-chair) - Associate Vice Provost for Academic & Resource Planning
  • Laura Benson-Marotta - Research Analyst, Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness
  • Indushobha Chengalur-Smith - Associate Professor and Chair, Information Technology Management
  • John Delano - Past Chair, UPPC; Distinguished Teaching Professor, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
  • Jamie Fader - Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Kevin Fallon – Undergraduate Student
  • Richard Fogarty - Associate Professor, History
  • Richard Hamm - Professor and Chair, History
  • William Husson - Visiting Assistant Professor, Communication
  • Joseph McAneney – Undergraduate Student
  • Oliva Napoleon – Undergraduate Student
  • Saggi Nevo - Assistant Professor, Information Technology Management
  • Julie Novkov - Professor, Political Science, CPCA member
  • William Roberson - Director, Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership
  • Sylvia Roch - Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Leah Rotella - Vice President, Student Association
  • Gregory Stevens - Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sarah Taylor - Vice President, Graduate Student Organization
  • Anna Valtcheva – Graduate Student
Resource Documents

Historical policy documents:

Provost_Memo(1991) and chronology of university actions 

UAlbany student online FAQ
UAlbany faculty online FAQ

UAlbany Instructor (sample) summary report (Fall 2009)
UAlbany CAS Fall 2009 summary report

Tenure and Promotion
    Guidelines as regards teaching effectiveness

Part-time faculty appointment guidelines
    (scroll down to section on Supervision and Evaluation)   
Addendum on Evaluation of Part-Time Faculty

Statistical tests, data, and analyses of UAlbany SIRFs

IRPE Analysis of Fall 2008 PAD online SIRF Pilot
IRPE Analysis of Spring 2009 4 online SIRF Pilot Departments
Fall 2009 online versus Fall 2008 in-class response rates
Fall 2009 Economics department online versus in-class study
   Note: This paper is PRELIMINARY and EXPLORATORY
   Data summary for Eco study

Practices at other institutions:

SUNY Resarch Center summary

Cornell University Teaching Evaluation Handbook 

UNC Question bank - optional for instructors
UNC Functionality and levels of access to results
UNC Description of system for students

Northwestern University procedures and policy
UMBC public access to evaluation results

University of Maryland - College Park  Online, and share results with students

 Course evaluation processes at 17 other research universities

(Selected) Research Literature:

 IRPE summary of online vs paper in higher education research

 Scholarship and other readings on course evaluation

Urbach's Teaching Porfolio Content

Seldin's Teaching Portfolio Content Checklist

Formal comments/position papers from interested colleagues:


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