University of Missouri

47-48: A Joint Resolution in Support of the Consumer Information Website Evaluation Question Revisions

WHEREAS, Missouri legislators approved a bill (commonly referred to as Senate Bill 389) that mandated a Consumer Information Website be posted for all public colleges and universities in the state, and

WHEREAS, the website must include the most recent instructor ratings available that will only be accessible to current MU students, and

WHEREAS, the students are the consumers and therefore the intended targets of the consumer website, and

WHEREAS, the teacher rating is compiled for the interest of students by students, and

WHEREAS, MU Faculty already distribute course evaluations that are used for the self-assessment of the faculty that are not accessible to the students, and

WHEREAS, the following questions were approved by the Faculty Council on April 10, 2008:

1. The course content, including the lectures, syllabus, grading standards and student
responsibilities, was presented clearly.
2. The instructor was interested in student learning.
3.  Considering both the possibilities and limitations of the subject matter and the course     (including class size and classroom facilities), the instructor taught effectively.

WHEREAS, the first question contains four separate aspects of the classroom that prove worthy of being evaluated separately would prove more effective in fairly evaluating the instructor.

THEREFORE, Be it resolved that MSA, LBC and RHA supports the following revisions posed by the Academic Affairs Committee to the instructor rating evaluations:

1.    The lectures were presented clearly.
2.    The syllabus was presented clearly.
3.    The grading standards were presented clearly.
4.    The student responsibilities were presented clearly.
5.    The instructor was interested in student learning.
6.    Considering both the possibilities and limitations of the subject matter and the course (including class size and classroom facilities), the instructor taught effectively.

EXECUTION: The following questions should be submitted to Dr. Jim Spain, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, for consideration on the behalf of MSA, LBC and RHA.

Respectfully Submitted,

Phyllis Williams             Ian Krause                Jonathan Mays
Academic Affairs Chair        Vice-Chair AAC            MSA Senate Speaker

Jim Kelley                Chelsea Johnson            Anthony Martin
MSA President            MSA Vice-President            LBC President

Jerusha Wells                Robert K. Wood            Nate Ballance
LBC Vice-President            RHA President            RHA Vice-President

Tucker Tanner
Congress Speaker