Procedures & Standards for Monitoring & Evaluating the Writing Skills Program

Reference Number: S81-76
Senate Approval Date: Thursday, January 01, 1981

PROCEDURES AND STANDARDS FOR MONITORING AND EVALUATING THE WRITING
SKILLS PROGRAM


ACADEMIC SENATE POLICY #S81-76

At its meeting of May 5, 1981, the Academic Senate approved
the following procedures and standards for monitoring and evaluating the
Writing Skills Program:

1. Every
faculty member who in any given academic year teaches any course that is part
of the University’s Literacy requirement must collect student evaluations on an
official composition course student evaluation form (see Appendix I) for one
such course. These evaluations are
to be submitted to the faculty’s department chair.

2. The
above faculty member will also complete a self-evaluation on an official
composition course faculty self-evaluation form (see Appendix II) for the above
course. These evaluations also are
to be submitted to the department chair.

3. The
department will keep all original student forms and send summary statistics
from the student forms to the ULC.
These summary statistics will be coded so that only the department will
be able to identify the faculty member and the course section involved. Attached to each set of summary
statistics will be a coded self-evaluation form for the faculty member teaching
the course.

4. The
ULC will analyze all summary statistics and confer with the department if:

a. the
results of the student evaluations fall well below the mean for all composition
courses,

b. the
results of student and faculty evaluations reveal a major discrepancy between
instructor’s goals and students’ perceptions, or

c. the
student and/or faculty evaluations indicate that the course does not focus on
the teaching of writing.

5. The
department will be responsible for helping instructors identified by the ULC to
improve (see Appendix III). The
ULC will be available to help the departments meet this responsibility.

6. The
department will forward new summary statistics on identified faculty members to
the ULC the next semester that faculty members offers a required composition
course.

*** APPROVED BY PRESIDENT ROMBERG, MAY 15, 1981 ***


APPENDIX I - STUDENT
EVALUATION FORM

The ULC recommends that a special form be devised for
evaluating composition courses.
One such form is already used by ECC for part-time instructors in the
English Department and an adaptation has been used by the ULC for instructors
in their first semester teaching an alternate to English 214. The Conference on College Composition
and Communication (CCCC) has established a Committee on the Evaluations of
Composition and its Teaching, and this committee has issued a draft of a report
which suggests other more factual questions that might be part of such a form,
questions that would elicit students’ specific perceptions about what they have
learned or are learning.

The ULC recommends that a budget be provided for a group of
consultants [Composition Coordinator or representative, ULC Chair or
representative, other technical expert(s)] to devise an appropriate student
evaluation form.

APPENDIX II - FACULTY
SELF-EVALUATION FORM

No faculty self-evaluation form is in use in the composition
program at SFSU. The CCCC
Committee also suggest questions that might be part of such a form. Questions, about instructors’ goals
should be keyed to questions to students asking what they are learning. The ULC recommends that the same group
of consultants devise the faculty form.

APPENDIX III - ASSISTANCE
FOR FACULTY

A program of evaluation should provide for constructive
feedback and continued faculty development. Missing from the composition program are resources for
ongoing faculty development. There
are no funds for outside consultants or for speakers, no funds for workshops or
for seminars for faculty. The ULC
recommends .25 assigned time for a qualified faculty member to develop
workshops and/or teach a weekly faculty seminar (1 seminar/year). Such a seminar or workshop would be
open to all interested faculty.