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Step 5: Determining Appropriate Sources of Information

Role Definitions, Components Areas & Descriptors, Developed by/for Faculty (4/15/08)

Step 5 involves coming to agreement as to who should provide evaluation information -- for example, students, peers, department heads, administrators, etc.

The following is the Evaluation Committee's letter to Department Chairs
with regard to beginning Step 5.

April 1, 2008

Dear Department Chairs and Faculty:

On behalf of our committee, we extend our appreciation once again for your active involvement in determining your department's component weights for Step 4. The component weights were voted on and approved by Faculty Senate on March 14, 2008. Please click on the link entitled Role Component Weights to view the institutional outcome for Step 4.

In Steps 1-4, we focused on determining and defining the roles that should be evaluated, how much weight or value should be placed on the performance of each role in the overall evaluation, and how much weight the individual components of each role contribute in the overall evaluation, and how much weight the individual components of each role contribute in the evaluation of that role. With that accomplished, our committee is ready to undertake Step 5. The objective of Step 5 is to decide who should provide the information on which the evaluation will be based. As our committee approaches this very important step, we are taking into serious consideration the following information provided by Dr. Raoul Arreola.

“Too frequently students are automatically selected as the sole or primary source of the information used in a faculty evaluation system. Students are certainly appropriate sources of information for certain kinds of activities, but they are by no means always the best source of information for all the activities in which faculty engage and on which they may be evaluated. The most important principle in identifying and selecting sources of information is to make certain that the source identified has first-hand knowledge of the performance being evaluated.”

Our committee is carefully considering the definition of each role in order to make a logical decision as to who would be the most appropriate source of information concerning the performance of the instructor. The co-chairs will present the Sources of Information during the April Department Chairs' meeting. The Department Chair members are invited to discuss, as consultants, their thoughts and recommendations regarding the committee's decision.

Steps 6 - 8 involve determining the Source Impact Weights, planning how the information will be gathered and finally, completing the system by selecting or designing forms, protocols, and rating scales. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Lynette Macfarlan or Linda Uhlenkott.


Evaluation Committee Members


The Faculty Evaluation Process at GBC is based on the work of Dr. Raoul Arreola, specifically Developing a Comprehensive Faculty Evaluation System: A Guide to Designing, Building, and Operating Large-Scale Faculty Evaluation Systems, 3rd Edition, ISBN: 978-1-933371-11-5, copyright ©2007, Anker Publishing Company, Inc., 563 Main Street, P.O. Box 249, Bolton, MA 01740-0249. Forms used on this website are taken from that guide with the permission of the author and may not be further reproduced without his permission.