Among the items to be considered by the Task Force are:
For OSU faculty members who have teaching responsibilities, annual performance evaluations, promotion and tenure decisions, and post-tenure reviews are to be based, in part, on an evaluation of their teaching. As required by OAR 580-021-0135, "appropriate student input" shall be included in the evaluation process. The current student evaluation of teaching (SET) form is one means of input. The SET form provides a measurement (numeric data) from which unit heads/chairs and P&T committees make an evaluation or judgment about teaching effectiveness. Since the currently employed SET forms were enacted, additional research has been conducted on the purpose, validity, and reliability of these types of assessment tools. Therefore, to assure that OSU's process and approved forms for student input regarding teaching are the most current and most effective, a review of our current form and processes is in order.
Composition and Timeline
The task force will consist of the Director of Academic Planning and Assessment, one member selected by the Provost, one member from the Advancement of Teaching Committee, and four committee members selected by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee from volunteers of the teaching faculty. It is anticipated that the committee's findings will be presented at the December 2009 Faculty Senate meeting. The committee's recommendations will provide guidance for: (1) potentially updating or replacing the existing student input forms and (2) developing guidelines for use of the student input forms in both annual performance and post-tenure review of faculty, and in the tenure and promotion process.