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.
Update: Student Evaluation of Teaching Task Force A task force has been formed to review the SETE at UNT. The charge given to the task force by the Faculty Senate is to identify evaluation systems currently used at other universities, determine if these systems might better meet our needs; explore other options (e.g., creating an evaluation system tailored to UNT or re-imagining the SETE); and make a recommendation to the Faculty Senate (which in turn will make a recommendation to the Office of the Provost). To that end, the group is conducting faculty and student focus groups, surveys, and otherwise soliciting feedback on the SETE and related processes. The group was formed in the late spring of 2014 and is expected to continue its work through the fall 2014 semester.
The task force’s guiding principles are:
1) We (UNT) must have end of course teacher evaluations in place at all times
2) A single, uniform evaluation instrument needs to be used throughout the university
3) The evaluation needs to be electronic
4) To the extent possible, evaluations are best when benchmarked nationally within the same discipline.