General Contact Information
Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
One Bernard Baruch Way
New York, NY 10010-5585
135 East 22nd Street, 7th Floor
Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
This email is being sent to all members of the Baruch College faculty.
For an archive of announcements sent from the Associate Provost beginning June 2011, click here.
As some of you know, our effort to increase student participation in the evaluation process last fall was a success: our overall rate of paricipation went from 50% to 58%. That’s an impressive increase (although the amount of publicity we employed made some of us hope that we’d crash through 60%) and I hope we can do even better in the spring: that’s one thing we should discuss.
Another is which results we present to members of the Baruch community and in which format. When SmartEvals presented their system to us more than a year ago, many were impressed by their clear and engaging graphics that presented results comparing performances: such as a single professor teaching a single course over multiple semesters, or all of the instructors teaching a course in a given semester, and many others. I believe that we should talk about these possibilities and which should be made available to which groups—to anyone? to just the faculty member? to chairs and/or other administrators? So far we have not made use of these graphic displays.
Just today a member of the faculty mentioned that she knew of classes in which only one or two of ten students participated, allowing her to figure out whose evaluations/comments she was reading. Evaluations are supposed to be anonymous: should we post only those in which five or more students have participated?
Again, there’s plenty to discuss: at our last meeting a number of ideas were raised about the November 2013 draft (attached, as is the current evaluation instrument). Shall we form another subcommittee to discuss changes to the 2013 draft? Eventually we will have to submit a draft to the faculty senate for discussion, but I don’t think we’re there yet.
Please let Shiqi, Megan, and me know as soon as possible which of the following two dates/time would be possible for you to attend. We hope that everyone can be there, but will probably have to settle for a majority!
Wednesday, February 18, 3-4:30pm
Thursday, February 19, 3-4:30pm
Note: if you believe you are getting this email in error (say because you’ve graduated) please let me know!
All best wishes for a fruitful semester,
Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President
Baruch College, CUNY
646-660-6504 (phone); 646-660-6531 (fax)