Faculty Senate Steering Committee
Meeting of September 24, 2010
Members attending: Jim Brunnhoeffer, Veronica Maher, Tom Sorger
1. Student Evaluations of Teaching
A new questionnaire was developed and refined, but has yet to be implemented.
The low response rate to the online questionnaire continues to be a significant obstacle
to obtaining reliable information about teaching. At other institutions this problem has
been addressed by making completion of the survey a course requirement, or else a
condition for the release of the final grade.
MOTION: The Senate recommends adoption of the attached questionnaire as the
Instrument to be used for student evaluations of teaching effective this semester
2. Mission Statement
When the Faculty Senate was constituted, the first charge to the Steering Committee
was to recommend language for the University’s mission statement. It seems timely
to revisit the mission statement, particularly in light of the ongoing reform of general
education. The Steering Committee proposes to (a) collect suggestions for revising the
mission statement until November 1, 2010; (b) collate these suggestions and present
them at the December 1 meeting of the Faculty Senate.