Section 3: Programs
The institution regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member in accord with published criteria, regardless of contractual or tenured status.
Western Texas College regularly evaluates both full-time and part-time faculty. As part of its philosophy and mission, Western Texas College “ . . . is committed to educational excellence as it challenges students to reach their full potential in developing critical thinking skills, communication proficiency, appreciation of arts and culture, and an understanding of their role and responsibility in a democratic society.” (link MS, Catalog) It is incumbent that each faculty member adhere to institutional goals 1, 2, 3, as stated in the Faculty Handbook, page 6, (link), the Adjunct Faculty Handbook, page 1, (link) and Policy 5000 of the Institutional Policy Manual. (link)In addition, as part of their duties and responsibilities, adjunct and full-time faculty members must adhere to Administrative Policy 4116 2. e. & k, (link) Administrative Policy 4136, (link) and Board Policy 5600, (link) which require adjunct and full-time faculty members to cooperate with and participate in the planning and the evaluation of the assigned teaching responsibilities as stipulated in the Adjunct Faculty Handbook, pp. 1, 5, 10, 11-15. ( link to Adjunct Faculty Handbook, pages 1, 5, 10, 11-15)
The WTC evaluation process for full-time faculty has several components including (1) self-evaluation, (2) professional growth, (3) service to the community, and (4) non-instructional service to the college as noted in Board Policy 5600. (LINK) Part-time faculty are not required to demonstrate service to the community or non-instructional service to the college, even though they are encouraged to participate in campus events. They are also encouraged to engage in a self-evaluation of their courses and professional growth. Faculty members are at liberty to include anecdotal or other informal measures in their class evaluations.
To assess the quality and effectiveness of their learning, students are asked to assess (a) the instructors’ knowledge of their subjects, (b) the instructors’ ability to communicate that knowledge, (c) whether they as students were motivated to go beyond the normal requirements of the class, and (d) whether they themselves assumed the responsibility for their own learning. (links to Board Policy # 5600 and WTC Faculty Handbook, pages 47-50)
The current instrument and procedure to measure student evaluations of instructors were adopted in 2003. A committee of faculty and administrators was created to review evaluation instruments and surveys which defined and measured characteristics of good teaching, had clearly defined learner objectives, had measurable expectations, and contained valid and reliable statistics. The Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) (link) developed by Kansas State University was selected as the instrument of evaluation that would best fit the criteria for evaluating full-time and part-time faculty. The IDEA survey instrument displays item consistency, multiple detailed items, a five-point rating scale, and statistical reliability and validity, and it can be used to make external comparisons.
IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction focuses on student learning rather than emphasizing the instructor’s teaching behaviors. The instructor specifically selects objectives that are relevant to his or her course. The IDEA then asks students to (a) rate their progress on 12 different course objectives selected by the instructor and (b) rate the frequency with which their instructor employs each of 20 teaching methods. In addition, the IDEA survey allows the instructor to ask questions germane to his or her particular class. The IDEA also offers writing space for student comments.
The IDEA Evaluation and Survey is published and maintained at Kansas State University. It is a comprehensive and well-researched instrument providing a significant amount of data for administrators and instructors. (LINK- CD - IDEA Student Ratings if Instruction: A Guide for Use and IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction)
The Associate Dean of Academic Instruction is responsible for preparing, acquiring, and accessing the necessary documents required for completion of adjunct faculty evaluations.
Evidence of Support:
Western Texas College IDEA - Group Summary Report 2005-2006 PDF
Western Texas College IDEA - Group Summary Report 2004-2005 PDF
IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Relationship of Teaching Methods to Learning Objectives