The administration submitted the proposal shown in the table below at the March 5negotiating session. Reports about the status of this article will be found below the article itself.
See our CBA Negotiations page for a roster of the AAUP-WSU negotiating team, brief reports about each Monday's negotiation session, and an article-by-article summary table with links to detailed information about each individual article that either the administration or AAUP-WSU proposes to include in the CBA.
Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching
12.1 All Members of the Bargaining Unit shall be evaluated in each teaching semester and at least once each academic year in each different course taught using a University Student Evaluation of Instruction form approved by the University and the AAUP-WSU. Such agreed upon forms are the only instrument for the University to collect anonymous student feedback on the individual teaching performance of a Bargaining Unit Faculty Member to be used for annual evaluation, promotion and tenure or any other matter pertaining to terms and conditions of employment.
12.2 The Bargaining Unit Faculty Member shall not comment upon the evaluation, administer it, be present during its administration, collect evaluations from students, or return evaluations to the department or college office.
12.2.1 student evaluation of instruction form will
12.2.2 To the extent permitted by law, Deans, Department Chairs and Bargaining Unit Faculty will restrict access to student evaluation forms to those persons who have a need to view the information. No student worker will be assigned to type comments from the forms if she or he is enrolled in a class taught by a faculty member from that department.
12.3 Should a Bargaining Unit Faculty Member believe that there are compelling reasons why an evaluation of a specific course in a given semester should not be considered in evaluative decisions, he or she may submit a written request for exclusion to the Department Chair. The Chair shall respond to this request in writing. Both this request and the Chair’s written response shall be appended to the Member’s annual evaluation.
12.4 The University and the AAUP-WSU recognize that student evaluations of teaching are important indicators of teaching effectiveness, but numerical scores from these evaluations alone neither confirm nor deny an individual’s effectiveness. Thus, the Chair shall consider additional factors besides such numerical scores in evaluating a Bargaining Unit Faculty Member’s teaching.
12.4.1 Low numerical scores or scores that are below college or department averages do not confirm ineffective teaching. Additional measures are needed to determine the Bargaining Unit Faculty Member’s teaching effectiveness.
12.4.2 High numerical scores or scores above college or department averages do not confirm effective teaching. Additional measures are needed to determine the Bargaining Unit Faculty Member’s teaching effectiveness.
12.5 The University may compute average numerical
scores from student evaluations on a department, program, college, or
The parties agreed that they would add a statement to this article to indicate their intent to eventually extend the new teaching evaluation form described in the May 23 report immediately below, provided the new form is regarded by the parties as a success, to apply to all bargaining unit faculty, not just to the NTE BUFMs with continuing employment agreements and for TET BUFMs with tenure.
The parties expect to TA (tentatively agree to) this article at the negotiating session planned for June 24.
The parties discussed the possibility of revamping the student evaluation of teaching forms so as to eliminate all questions calling for numerical responses, to be administered online, paired with a means of increasing student participation rates. Our team suggested a formal agreement (e.g., in the CBAs) committing the parties to switch to such a modified system, by, say, the academic year 2015-16; and further specifying that the parties would review the effectiveness of the new system with the expiration of the CBAs now being negotiated, so that they could at that future date agree to keep, modify, or abandon the new system. We further suggested that an e-mail message be sent to each student late in the term, inviting them to evaluate their classes; we likewise suggested that when a student goes online to view the term's grades, they would be prompted again to complete the evaluations unless of course they had already been done. Perhaps the parties would prohibit students from seeing their grades and then completing the evaluations.
The administration submitted the proposal shown in the table above, noting that the marked changes are relative to the article in the current TET CBA.
Our team accepted the suggested changes for Sections 12.2.1 and 12.7. (In fact, the latter provision already appears in Article 13 of the TET CBA.)
However, we reacted in a strongly negative fashion to Sections 12.1.1 through 12.1.3; these proposals would remove the protections now available to tenured BUFMs against the abusive use of numerical data from student teaching evaluations. Our negotiating team stated that all the reasons we had for opposing the use of any numerical evaluations, when in 1999 the parties were negotiating the initial CBA, still stood. We likewise stated that the current TET CBA, which does allow numerical evaluations for untenured BUFMs to be seen and used by the administration, was agreed to in this regard as a compromise on our part. Finally, we stated that we would consider the proposed changes only if numerical evaluations were used neither for Promotion and Tenure nor to inform annual evaluations and merit pay.
The parties then engaged in a wide ranging off-the-record discussion.
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