Sustainable course evaluation proposal approved for third reading

Associated Students Inc. Senate approved a resolution to create online teacher evaluations Wednesday. Author Sen. Robert Martinez elaborated on the updates made for resolution #2019-7, stressing again that the purpose of the resolution is not to change the evaluations themselves but to change the way they are administered. The two major additions made to the resolution strictly pertained to keeping physical copies available for students with accessibility issues and making the evaluations a requirement for all faculty, regardless of tenure. Sen. Aaron Jordan provided the senate with updates on how online evaluations will work. “For online classes, they actually have online course evaluations through email,” Jordan said. “However, it is not required. As a student, you can easily miss the email or the link, so I wouldn’t say it’s as effective as the ones that are passed out during class.” He went on to say that the evaluations would have to be made mandatory for students to complete them. Multiple senators voiced concerns over students who might be without electronic devices on the day of the evaluations, forcing them to leave the classroom to utilize campus resources. Potential solutions were tossed around the senate floor, such as requiring instructors to

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ASI Senate hears resolution to make course evaluations more sustainable

College of Business Administration Sen. Robert Martinez proposed a new resolution to the Associated Students Inc. Senate floor Wednesday evening that aims to make teacher evaluations more environmentally friendly, by converting to digital distribution. Specific details as to how to make the form accessible to all students were left vague. “The goal would be to have [digital course evaluations] in class, but we also have to give a way that if [students] didn’t have an electronic device, you have a frame of time to use university resources like the University Library,” Martinez said. He stressed the final aim of the resolution was to make distribution of the evaluations more sustainable, not to alter them in any way. “Currently [teacher evaluations] use a million sheets of paper each semester, in addition to the labor hours that go into processing all those sheets of paper,” Martinez said. “This resolution isn’t changing the content of those evaluations, just in how they are administered.” Most of the Senate responded positively to the idea, offering input on how to administer the digital evaluation in a way that is accessible to everyone. “This would offer a great way to be more sustainable and be more mindful

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ASI senate urges for new teacher evaluations

The Associated Students, Inc. Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday for a first reading that would encourage evaluations of professors to be conducted throughout the entire semester. The resolution states that in order to address conflicts with students during the semester, the professor would have the option of using a third party program to be evaluated throughout the whole semester. “The purpose of a formative evaluation, rather than at the end [of the semester], is to provide ongoing feedback and a process can be improved along the way rather than looking at a process after it is over,” Assistant Dean of Students Dr. Jeane Caveness said. Summative evaluations are given at the end of a semester and the proposed evaluation would be formative, providing ongoing feedback. “Students felt that the summative evaluations don’t necessarily help them with in class concerns,” ASI Sen. Joanna Yan said. The evaluations in place today are Student Perceptions of Teaching, or SPOT, and are a tool that California State University, Long Beach uses to provide student feedback on faculty teaching. Using SPOT, CSULB administrators can ensure that professors are providing teaching effectiveness. According to CSULB’s Faculty Affairs website, “teaching effectiveness includes characteristics that will influence

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