- Curriculum Proposal System
- Academic Programs
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The following questions provide additional information about the course objectives. In some instances, responses to these questions may make it easier to infer a particular participant’s identity, depending on the number of graduate students in the course. Accordingly, while OSU would like to receive this information, OSU emphasizes responding to the following questions is voluntary.
Background: Following the Fall 2011 release of reports, numerous faculty requested distinct reports for “slash courses,” or cross listings and sections taught by the same instructor at the same time, rather than having a combined report. In an attempt to respond to this request we implemented a change to the electronic student evaluation of teaching (eSET) reporting system to have separate reports by section. Unfortunately, in some cases this change resulted in low student “class sizes” prompting us to implement safeguards to restrict access to the reports to preserve student anonymity. This resulted in faculty receiving messages like "sorry you do not have permission to view this page" and an inability for departments to download batch files.
The change in eSET report generation has necessitated guidance and decision-making by the Faculty Senate around the generation of eSET reports to both preserve student anonymity and to meet promotion and tenure (P & T) needs. In order to address the immediate concerns about report access and upcoming P & T processes, the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, in consultation with the Office of Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation, has reached the following decision:
Decision by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Office of Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation: Preserving student anonymity in Student Evaluations of Teaching is of the highest importance, both for the integrity of the responses students give, and to recognize student trust in the process. Therefore, we have decided to eliminate factors that could, even indirectly, enable a faculty member to identify a student (this is independent of a student’s choice to self-reveal). All reports for cross listings and sections taught by the same instructor at the same time (aka “slash courses”) will be combined.
In addition, reports for courses with enrollments of fewer than 6 students (1-5 students) will be unavailable, and evaluations will not be collected on courses with fewer than 6 students in the current and upcoming terms. Lastly, “demographic” data (i.e. graduate/undergraduate level, auditing/grade, etc.) will not be collected.