ERIC Number: ED250347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Opinions of the Course-Instructor Survey Program at U.T. Austin. RB-83-13.
Curran, Linda T.; And Others
Responding to faculty concern about the Course-Instructor Survey (CIS) program at the University of Texas at Austin, the general faculty was surveyed to find obvious trends and identify areas for program revision. CIS annually receives 200,000 student ratings of 8,000 classes and instructors. The results are published in "The Student Guide to Courses and Instructors." In addition to providing students information for course selection and feedback to teachers, student instructor ratings are used increasingly for such administrative decisions as promotion and tenure. The CIS Revision Survey, mailed to approximately 1,900 faculty in the spring of 1982, had a return rate of 29 percent. The analysis summarized faculty response by rank and total group, and presented descriptive statistics. Results indicated the CIS system should be retained with minor revisions. The most useful CIS components were the written comments, the frequency of students choosing each response, and item average score. Faculty felt CIS results are frequently misused by administrators, and rate popularity more than teaching effectiveness. The appendices contain the CIS Revision Survey and the faculty minutes with the University Council Proposal to Redesign the System for Obtaining Student Evaluation and Feedback on Instruction. (BS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Measurement and Evaluation Center.