SENATE / PROVOST
Joint Faculty Senate/Provost Committee to Assess the Evaluation of Teaching
Over the past few decades the University of Pennsylvania has steadily heightened the level of scrutiny of undergraduate and graduate teaching by our faculty. However, many of the mechanisms that are used to generate data for use in such assessments have not been developed cohesively. As these systems have been woven through the fabric of official University procedures for evaluating faculty performance, it is appropriate that we undertake a review of current teaching evaluation mechanisms with the goal of identifying the most appropriate means for each school to undertake this important responsibility. While it seems impossible to seek, or achieve, a single evaluation system for all schools and programs, there should be minimum standards of fairness and quality that protect all of our faculty and further the education of all of our students.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 27, March 27, 2001