Decision Concerning Student Surveys of Instruction in Response to the Ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic

From the Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Decision Concerning Student Surveys of As a response to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic

  1. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Planning Group have considered the impact on Student Surveys of Instruction during the disruption caused by COVID-19. With a focus on issues critical to the continued academic progress of our students and the success of our instructors, the group is especially concerned about challenges related to the deployment, data collection and the future use of SSI data that is collected during this period.
  2. Given the foregoing, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee has decided the following concerning Student Surveys of Instruction (SSIs). As a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the University will continue to deploy Student Surveys of Instruction in all courses; however, the SSI results shall be delivered only to instructors for formative feedback and shall not be part of the evaluation for personnel decisions including but not limited to reappointment, tenure, promotion, renewal of appointment and merit.
  3. This process for the deployment of SSIs and the collection of SSI data will apply to courses taught by all university instructors including but not limited to tenure-track faculty (TT), full-time non-tenure track faculty (FTNTT), full-time non-tenure eligible faculty (FTNTE), part-time faculty, graduate assistants, and visiting and distinguished professors.
  4. In the absence of SSIs in faculty personnel files, reviewers should focus on other measures of teaching such as peer reviews and course materials to assess faculty members' teaching performance. Likewise, faculty members should include appropriate materials and self-reflection in the narrative on their teaching performance during the period in which SSIs use is limited.