Resolution 02-19: TA EVALUATIONS

Number 02-19
Description additional evaluation for TAs
Authored by Joint Council of Engineering Organizations
Sponsored by Josh Warren
Date Submitted Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Date Considered Tuesday, March 25, 2003
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Academic Affairs
Result n/a
Whereas In many courses the teaching assistant and/or lab assistant can have as much, if not more so, of an impact on the quality of education a student receives as the instructor does; and
Whereas Many instructors may provide excellent classroom instruction but have consistently poor grade distributions and evaluations due to problems students encounter with their TA; and
Whereas Students often do not feel comfortable discussing problems they encounter with their TA with their instructor; and
Whereas Some TA's do an excellent job but never receive credit or recognition for their efforts.
Be It Further Resolved That An additional evaluation be given at the end of each course that asks questions about the teaching and/or lab assistant for the course similar to the questions asked about the course's instructor on the course evaluation.