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Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) Updates

Piloting and new questions

Across Spring 2017 to Fall 2018 some courses opted in to using new “pilot” questions to examine the impact of changing the survey questions. After this piloting and approval by the Faculty Senate in March 2020 the pilot questions, with slight modifications, were adopted for general use across all surveys. The change to questions occurred starting Summer 2020 and beyond. For a complete list of the new core questions, click here.

Spring 2020 and the response to COVID-19

Due to the unexpected and rapid response to COVID-19 during the Spring 2020 semester, the faculty senate and the provost determined that the surveys for the evaluation of teaching would be conducted but that data related to Spring 2020 would not be made publicly available. This includes both the individual instructor reports and department reports that are typically made available on the myAUportal. Additionally, Spring 2020 data will not be included in promotion and tenure processes unless opted in by the instructor of the course.

New “home” for SETs

As of January 2020, the administration of the student evaluation of teaching (SETs) was moved from the Registrar’s office (OUR) to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA). The administration of surveys and relevant reports is now managed by the SET Coordinator in OIRA.

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