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University adopts new professor evaluation system

University adopts new professor evaluation system

September 25
00:17 2015
[df-subtitle]New tech, called SPOT, to replace SETE[/df-subtitle]

Chelsea Watkins | Staff Writer


Sarah Lagro | Staff Writer


The university is rolling out a new system this semester for students to evaluate professor performance in a more efficient way. The new system, called IASystem, will replace the Student Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness starting this fall at after a successful push to improve the process.

In April 2014, the Faculty Senate charged the Student Evaluation of Teaching Task Force to find an instrument to replace SETE. UNT Provost Finley Graves announced Thursday the university will begin using the new system.

The new evaluation form will be branded as the Student Perceptions of Teaching at UNT. The support staff for SPOT will host information sessions throughout the semester as faculty and staff begin implementation.

James Conover, professor of finance, insurance, real estate and law, said he is pleased with SPOT.

“It’s so much easier to complete,” Conover said. “Students can actually understand the questions they’re answering and the faculty understands the results.”

SPOT forms cater to various classroom settings including small or large lectures, lab sections, study abroad and seminars.

The new system also brings solutions that quell problems voiced by professors and students alike. With SETE, professors had to wait an entire semester before they could view student feedback, which was seemingly too long to make a difference. Now professors can access feedback three days after grades are posted.

“I only did my SETE when the professors had us fill it out in class,” hospitality junior Tommy Stover said. “It took so long to finish and I just didn’t see how only one survey mattered.”

Additionally, professors can add their own questions to the evaluation form, instead of the generic questions for every class. Departments will still be able to administer their own evaluations aside from SPOT forms.

Vice Provost for Faculty Success Christy Crutsinger led the search for a SETE replacement and revealed the IASystem during the Faculty Senate meeting on Sept. 9. Crutsinger said student evaluations are but one measure of teaching effectiveness.

“Departments must also use other inputs,” Crutsinger said. “Peer evaluations, teaching philosophies, sample course syllabi and example exams can lead to a better understanding.”

SPOT will be open during weeks 12 and 13 of the semester, two weeks before finals, to allow students more time to complete the survey.

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