Evaluation and Assessment #5

5. (64) Course and program retention is assessed. Results of course evaluations are used as part of faculty/instructor performance evaluations.

Not Observed       Insufficient       Moderate Use      Meets Criterion Completely

See retention data

As a graduate program in a nationally accredited program we are concerned with quality and with only retaining students who can be successful. We have three key transition points:

All students are required to pass Libr 203 – a one unit class on online social networking.

All students are required to make a B in all core classes or they will be put on admin probation. If they fail to make the B in a second attempt they are disqualified.

e-Portfolio passing data

Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness (SOTE)

The California State University uses a uniform student evaluation form – Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness (SOTE). All classes are evaluated each time taught. The results are provided to the faculty members and to the Director. An overall standard of a 4.0 (on a 5.0 scale) is expected. If a faculty member fails to reach this after 3 attempts they are not retained. The evaluation is administered online centrally by the University.

Following are the SOTE rating questions:

  • Demonstrated relevance of the course content
  • Used assignments that enhanced learning
  • Summarized/emphasized important points
  • Established an atmosphere that facilitated learning
  • Was approachable for assistance
  • Was responsive to the diversity of the students in this class
  • Showed strong interest in teaching this class
  • Used intellectually challenging teaching methods
  • Used fair grading methods
  • Helped students analyze complex/abstract ideas
  • Provided meaningful feedback about student work

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