The Course Evaluation Project Team (CEPT) was established in May 2014 to explore the potential for a new course evaluation model that meets the needs of students, faculty, staff and administrators.
The project team has produced a report that is on the University Senate agenda for September 18, 2017, and which FAUW does not support.
Regardless of the outcome of the motion for Senate to endorse the CEPT report and its recommendations, FAUW will be putting forward a motion to strike a working group on complementary methods of teaching evaluation:
Motion: To strike a working group to research and develop methods of assessing teaching and learning complementary to Student Course Perception surveys. Rationale: The process leading up to the CEPT report has galvanized University of Waterloo community members’ commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Both pedagogy scholars and the CEPT report itself emphasize the need for other markers of teaching quality, especially for use in annual review, and promotion and tenure decisions. By striking the proposed working group now, we can build on the momentum and knowledge generated by the CEPT process. The proposed working group should include representation by (at least two each) FEDS, GSA, FAUW, and University administration, as well as researchers with relevant (for instance, pedagogy, psychology) expertise.
We encourage faculty to speak to your senators and attend the Senate meeting if you are interested in this issue.
- Final report (PDF) prepared by the Course Evaluation Project Team
- Draft report November 7, 2016 (PDF)