"The committee feels strongly that there is a potential for valuable and useful information to be collected through student evaluations of courses and instructors at SFU, but that current forms and practices are hindering these well-intentioned efforts. SCUTL feels that evaluations can be useful and that they can be done better."
– from "Evaluating How We Evaluate: Examining SFU's Course and Instructor Evaluation System,"
report by the Senate Committee on University Teaching and Learning (SCUTL), 2008
The primary goals of the project are to support teaching and enhance student learning through the effective and responsible use of evaluation data and information at SFU.
The objectives include
- Replacing SFU’s instrument and processes for student evaluation of instructors and courses
- Engaging the SFU community throughout the project; e.g., through open-forum discussion sessions on each campus, meetings at the faculty and/or departmental level, focus groups, input via social media, and surveys
- Developing a best-practices guide on interpretation and use of the data
Ultimately, Senate, as the representative body that governs academic matters, will be asked to approve the final outcome of this project.