Student Course Evaluations Extended to All Spring 2020 Courses

July 24, 2020

Dear Colleagues,  

Previously in an email from the provost on April 21, 2020, you were notified that each Bargaining Unit Faculty Member (BUFM) had the option of choosing whether Spring 2020 student course evaluations for face-to-face courses that transitioned to remote delivery will be included in their tenure, reappointment, promotion and merit decisions. We are now extending this option to all Spring 2020 student course evaluations inclusive of courses that commenced as online courses.  

The BUFM’s choice to include student course evaluations in their tenure, reappointment, promotion and merit decisions will occur after the evaluations have been returned and the BUFM has had an opportunity to review them.  BUFMs may choose to include student course evaluations for one or more of their Spring 2020 courses as part of their tenure, reappointment, promotion and merit decisions. They may also choose to exclude all Spring 2020 student course evaluations from tenure, reappointment, promotion and merit decisions. Their choices should be made in writing and included when submitting their RTP and merit dossiers.  

Spring 2020 student course evaluations will be used for formative reasons related to assessment, program review and accreditation. To serve these broader needs, existing practices for collecting student course evaluations remain in place for Spring 2020. This student feedback may provide helpful formative feedback for academic units to improve courses and academic programs going forward.

Regards,

Joe B. Whitehead Jr, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs


David Jackson, Ph.D.
President, BGSU Faculty Association