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Website explains purpose and function of student evaluations

Daniel PeakA new website explaining the SETE – the Student Evaluation of Teaching survey – is now online.

The features of the website – – include:

  • An explanation of the purpose of SETE
  • A calendar of upcoming deadlines
  • Instructions on how to access SETE results
  • An explanation of how to interpret SETE results
  • An explanation of technical aspects
  • A list of officials who can answer any questions

SETE was begun in 2009 as part of Texas law requiring colleges and universities to conduct teacher evaluations by students.

Daniel Peak, right, associate professor of information technology and decision sciences and chairman of the Faculty Senate Committee on Teaching Evaluation, said the website makes the process more transparent and helps faculty members understand the evaluations.  

“We want to be able to provide information in a meaningful way,” Peak said. “We understand it’s not perfect and that’s why we have it out there – to try to make it better.”

The new website is open to the public. However, faculty members’ SETE scores can be found at and are restricted to faculty members and administration officials. That portal features the answers to the questions students were asked, open comments and supplemental questions asked by colleges.

The new website was put together by Peak and three students, with input from the Faculty Senate, the offices of the President V. Lane Rawlins and Provost Warren Burggren and a team that included Christy Crutsinger, vice provost for faculty success; Donna Emmanuel, former chair of the Faculty Senate and coordinator of the music education doctoral program; Phillip Baczewski, deputy chief information officer, University Information Technology; Mike Simmons, senior associate director, Center for Learning, Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign; and Elizabeth Fisher, assistant director, Institutional Effectiveness. Charles Vincent, a master's student in computer education and cognitive systems, and Heather Barahona, a doctoral student in educational computing, helped with the programming.

-         Jessica DeLeón, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Posted on: Wed 18 July 2012

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