Approved by the: University Senate March 3, 2005
Administration - no action required
Board of Regents - no action required

Resolution to Encourage Faculty to Release Student Release Sections of Student Evaluations

WHEREAS Students fill out an evaluation of teaching at the conclusion of each class; and

WHEREAS The evaluation of teaching includes a student release section with questions focused on the instructor's style and curriculum content; and

WHEREAS Knowing this information will improve sustained enrollment and serve to drastically reduce schedule changes once classes have started; and

WHEREAS Informed understanding of course selection leads to increased course satisfaction; and

WHEREAS The percentage of student release sections released reached an all time high in Spring of 2004 of 22.9%; and

WHEREAS That percentage is unsatisfactory; be it

RESOLVED That the University Senate strongly encourages the faculty of the University of Minnesota to release student release sections.

RESOLVED That administrators, faculty leaders, department heads, and department chairs should make the release of student release questions by their faculty a priority.

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