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.
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.
Assess and make recommendations regarding the reliability and validity of the online course evaluation instrument.
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.
Review the usefulness of the summary reports for both formative and summative evaluation purposes, and make recommendations regarding them.
Recommend plans and proposals to promote increased student engagement, thereby increasing student response rates.
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.
Develop recommendations around the desire of students to have access to course evaluation results, and the appropriateness of doing just that.
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