Course evaluations could become more efficient

“It will allow the administration to observe the instructors in the most efficient way,” said Student Government Association President Sarah Green.

by Student Writer Jessica B. Livingston

Scantrons might vanish from UNA as officials consider paperless professor evaluations.

It would take a shorter time to complete the evaluations and would allow students qualitative feedback, according to the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.

The changes would also provide the university with faster feedback from the survey and therefore fit within the tenure and promotion process.

Student Government Association President Sarah Green said the main change in the course evaluation process is not in evaluating the course as a whole, but rather the faculty member’s teaching effectiveness.

“It will allow the administration to observe the instructors in the most efficient way,” she said.

Green said the proposal has already passed through the Student and Academic Affairs Committee and the Shared Governance Executive Committee.

The Shared Governance Executive Committee voted to send the proposal to SGA Senate and Faculty Senate.

The SGA’s Senate voted on the proposal for changes to the course evaluation process. They voted 24 – 2 in favor of changing the evaluation process, and Faculty Senate is considering the proposal.

No decisions will be made to address these concerns until the vote from Faculty Senate is sent back to the Shared Governance Executive Committee for approval, Green said.

She said the main concerns for the proposal from SGA were where the survey would be available online for students to remain anonymous and how the university would require students to complete them.

Junior Keisha Torres said she thinks this would be an effective way to the evaluations.

Junior Kiana Ray said she likes the way the system is now and is afraid if they are completed online that the results would not be anonymous.

“The course evaluations all go in a folder, and a student takes it to the higher administration so that you know all the evaluations are complete and all turned it,” she said.

Sophomore John Malcolm said anything technologically advanced is a good idea.

Junior Rahsaun Fletcher said he believes the system is fine now because it forces students to complete the evaluations.

“Paperless is an excellent idea,” said senior Java Moody. “It would help us save time. If students don’t want to take the evaluation, they shouldn’t have to.”