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The History of Holistic Teaching Evaluation

In 2019, in response to discussions and observations about the current teaching evaluation practices, a joint Senate-Administration Workgroup on Holistic Teaching Evaluation was formed. The overarching goal for this workgroup was to develop a holistic, transparent, and flexible evaluation process, and to provide the tools and support needed for faculty and CAP reviewers to have more effective evaluations.

The 2019 workgroup produced a report (PDF) that recommended the following:

  • Separate formative assessment from summative evaluation of teaching
  • Change the structure of the (undergraduate) student feedback forms (CAPEs).
  • Evaluate teaching holistically based on “a teaching portfolio, an instructor’s self-reflection, and the chair’s summary.”

In 2020 a second senate and administration group- the Holistic Teaching Evaluation Implementation Task Force, was charged with developing a plan to implement the first workgroup's recommendations. Their report defined the following (PDF):

  • The structure of the Teaching Portfolio and Teaching Statement
  • A new structure for student feedback
  • A method for evaluating teaching holistically
  • An implementation plan is overseen by a new Holistic Teaching Review Oversight Committee

In 2022, a standing committee- the Holistic Teaching Oversight Committee, was formed to communicate and oversee the campus transition to holistic teaching evaluation

Timeline for Rollout

  • Academic Year 2022-23: 
    • Review of teaching in 2022-2023 files remains unchanged;
    • Transition from CAPEs to a revised student feedback mechanism for undergraduate courses; 
    • Develop resources to help faculty create teaching portfolios and to help departments, schools and CAP evaluate them; 
  • Academic year 2023-24:
    • Initial holistic teaching and mentoring evaluation pilot (~10 participants)
    • Revise holistic teaching evaluation preparation instructions and review instructions.
    • Transition IA evaluations and grad course evaluations to SET
  • Academic year 2024-25:
    • Expanded holistic teaching and mentoring evaluation pilot and continued materials revision;
    • Continued update to SET forms at all levels;
  • Academic year 2025-26:
    • Final Holistic Teaching and Mentoring Review pilot year.  Full departments opt in.
  • Academic year 2026-27:
    • Holistic teaching evaluation reaches steady-state