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Demystifying SEIs

Demystifying SEIs

Published September 22, 2015 by Jessica

This week is all about the Student Evaluation of Instruction, aka the SEI. Here is SACSCOC’s vague requirement for Faculty Evaluation:
 
“3.7.2 – The institution regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member in accord with published criteria, regardless of contractual or tenured status. (Faculty evaluation)”
 
The University of Louisiana System is more explicit:
 
“Each institution shall evaluate each faculty member and administrator on an annual basis, and the evaluation shall be filed in appropriate files. The institution’s policy for faculty evaluations shall include definite and stated criteria, consistent with policies and procedures of the Board and the institution, for evaluating the performance of each faculty member. As part of its evaluative procedures, each institution will utilize a system of periodic faculty evaluations by students, with the improvement of teaching effectiveness as a major focus of such evaluations.  Institutions are encouraged to utilize multiple sources of information (e.g. student ratings of instruction, peer evaluations, etc.) in their review processes. Evaluations are to assess performance in an appropriate mix of teaching, research, and service.
 
Each university president will ensure that merit, i.e., adequacy of performance as determined by the evaluation system of the institution, shall be a primary factor in decisions of faculty retention, compensation, promotions, and other advancements.”
 
So the UL System wants us to ensure that students regularly evaluate their instructors, and this information influences instructors’ raises, promotions, and considerations for tenure.
 
In 2008, Faculty Senate developed first 5 statements on the SEI, and other statements are specific to the college and sometimes the department. Students rank each statement on a 1-5 Likert Scale. To refresh your memory, the first 5 are:
 
  1. The instructor organized the course in a logical and effective fashion.
  2. The instructor provided pertinent feedback on graded tests and assignments.
  3. The instructor’s communications skills were clear and effective.
  4. The instructor covered material consistent with the stated objectives of the course.
  5. My rating of this instructor to other students.
 
The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness here at McNeese administers the SEIs each semester. Students in online courses take electronic SEIs, and students in face-to-face courses complete paper forms. It’s a big job to collect the data, securely store it, and distribute it to instructors, department heads, and deans. We use a ScanTron product called Class Climate, which allows this office to administer SEIs and other surveys. 
 
On a more exciting topic, our Cowboys played an amazing game against Stephen F. Austin last Saturday! Congratulations to McNeese senior Wallace Scott for being named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week! I’m looking forward to this weekend’s game and the recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Rita. I remember the “Blue Tarp Tour” homecoming game after the storm…it’s hard to believe that was 10 years ago.

Next up: The People of IRE