122.2 Surveys of Student Opinion of Instruction

Created by: Stephanie Ferguson on 10/17/2002
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 20 - Responsibility
 
Originator: Acad. Adm. & Faculty Status Committee
Current File: 122.2
Adoption Date: 10/23/2013
Reviewed for Currency: 10/23/2013
 
Replaces File: 122.2
Date of Origin: 11/12/1975
 
Classification: Faculty
 
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122.2 Surveys of Student Opinion of Instruction

 

A. Background

During each semester and May Experience, Furman University solicits student opinions of instruction.

 

B. Policy

Each faculty member will provide an opportunity for students in every course to offer opinions about the course and the instruction using a survey prepared by the Faculty Status Committee and/or the academic department.

 

C. Guidelines

1. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean is responsible for managing the process for soliciting student opinion of instruction and communicating the process to the faculty in a timely manner.

2. The survey instrument is made available no later than the last day of classes and closes following the examination period. Surveys will not be available to students once the Registrar has released their grades.

3. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean is responsible for managing the compilation of the results of the opinion surveys and the delay of their distribution until grades for the class have been reported.

4. Results of the opinion surveys shall be made available to faculty members for their courses.  Results of the opinion surveys shall also be made available to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, the Faculty Status Committee, the department chair or the supervisor of the instructor and the chair of the department in which the course resides. Results of opinion surveys for interdisciplinary courses and first year seminars are also available to the Senior Associate Academic Dean.

5.  Department chairs may use the results of the opinion surveys as one basis for conversations with individual faculty members regarding their work.

6. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and the Faculty Status Committee may review the results of student opinion surveys in formulating their recommendations on salary, promotion, tenure, renewal of contract, nonrenewal of contract, or termination

7. Any survey of a different format from that of the Faculty Status Committee should be approved by the relevant department chair(s), and a sample of that format should be provided to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

8. The Faculty Status Committee has responsibility for the oversight and evaluation of the procedures used to administer the surveys, including incentives to encourage student participation.

9. The department chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean may, under unusual circumstances, approve the omission of the usual student opinion surveys.

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