Student Evaluation of Teaching Task Force

Dear faculty and staff,

The Student Evaluation of Teaching Task Force has worked diligently and thoughtfully over the past 18 months to deliver a new teaching evaluation system. I am pleased to announce that UNT will adopt the IASystem, developed and delivered by the University of Washington, to replace the Student Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness (SETE) this fall. 

The pilot administration of the instrument this summer was quite successful with increased student response rates and positive feedback from faculty and department coordinators. I hope you have had the opportunity to learn about the benefits of the new system and guidelines for its administration at a college or department meeting this fall. Below, I have listed just a few of the key benefits that make the IASystem an excellent choice for UNT:

  • The IASystem offers a transparent scoring scheme.
  • Faculty may select a customized survey for different instructional formats.
  • Reports are available three days after grades are posted.
  • A streamlined dashboard allows faculty to monitor response rates.
  • Students receive a direct link in their email to complete the survey, improving response rates.
  • The instrument offers four global questions that are appropriate for all course types.

For internal purposes, the evaluation system will be branded as Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT). We look forward to revealing the branding story to the university community later this semester. I encourage each of you to explore the IASystem website to learn more about the instrument. I also encourage you to email the SPOT team at spot@unt.edu with any questions, concerns and/or feedback. In the event that you were unable to attend your college or department meeting about SPOT this semester, the SPOT team will be hosting additional information sessions:

  • Oct. 19 — 3 to 4 p.m., Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, room 125
  • Oct. 21 — 10 to 11 a.m., Chemistry Building, room 352
  • Oct. 23 — 10 to 11 a.m., Business Leadership Building, room 010

Over the course of the academic year, we will continue to assess SPOT to determine its effectiveness, including using your feedback to fine-tune its administration. Of course, student evaluations represent just oneof the many components that measure teaching effectiveness. Please know that we are urging departments to engage in a more comprehensive and systematic approach to evaluate teaching effectiveness.

I am confident that with your support SPOT can help improve instruction across our great institution. Watch for more detailed instructions from the SPOT team about upcoming campus-wide implementation.

Sincerely,
Finley Graves
Provost