Task force to discuss course evaluation system
University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg said he will take action on several of the Senate’s fall resolutions in a letter he wrote last week to SA President Phil Robinson.
The two resolutions included one to develop unified University/SA faculty and course evaluation forms and a request to allow students to submit assignments to professors via e-mail, cutting down on printing fees and preserving paper.
In a letter to Robinson, Trachtenberg said the standard course evaluation form “was the most significant” of the resolutions. Trachtenberg said he will work with other University officials in order to develop a task force of both students and faculty to discuss alternatives to the present system. Students currently fill out multiple course evaluations issued by specific departments, the SA and the University. Robinson called the current system ineffective. The University would pay for the evaluations under the new plan.
The task force report will then be submitted to the Joint Committee of Faculty and Students for further evaluation.
This article appeared in the February 20, 2003 issue of the Hatchet.