General Information and Philosophy
The purpose of the SETE is to produce valid scores for measuring teaching effectiveness on a scale that crosses all course sections at the University of North Texas. The intent is that the scores can be applied to a continuous improvement model that shows individual instructor growth over time. Descriptions of the effectiveness factors that are measured are provided to give meaning to the scale scores and to provide information for making instructional decisions.
Student evaluations of teaching, such as SETE, are one meaningful measure of such evaluation and, if used appropriately, can improve teaching and student success. However, a single source of data (such as student evaluations) should be approached with caution when making important personnel decisions. At UNT, each academic unit is responsible for 1) developing a comprehensive and systematic approach to evaluate teaching effectiveness and 2) communicating these guidelines to faculty on an annual ongoing basis. SETE is one component of this process.