Faculty Senate Adopts New Course Evaluation Form

Posted: December 2, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

After lengthy discussion on a proposed course evaluation form, the Faculty Senate voted this week to adopt the new form. The form, which has been in development for three years, will be used in all George Mason classes beginning in fall 2006.

The form was pilot tested by 4,000 students in 300 classes last year and received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback from the professors who administered it, according to Laurie Fathe, associate provost for educational improvement and innovation and a member of the Teaching Evaluation Committee.

The new form will allow individual faculty members or departments to include up to five specific questions of their own in addition to the standardized questions. A draft copy of the form is attached to the agenda of the Dec. 1 meeting.

In other action, the senate adopted three resolutions of appreciation. One was to the university’s Board of Visitors (BOV) for inviting nonvoting faculty members to sit on five of its committees. The senate is currently holding elections for these seats, and the elected faculty members will attend the Dec. 7 BOV meeting.

The senate also extended appreciation to Donald and Nancy de Laski for their donations of more than $4 million to the College of Visual and Performing Arts; and to Ernst and Sara Volgenau for their $10 million gift to the newly named Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering.

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