CTEP Assessment Task Force
October 18, 1999
Results of the CTEP Assessment Task Force
(sub-committee of the Teaching Council)
1. Although many UT teachers feel that CTEP (or some aspect of the program) does not meet expectations, most feel that it works and should not be replaced with another system.Teaching Council Follow-upa. Most (78%) agreed that we need a structured evaluation for classes and only 25% felt that CTEP does not provide useful information for tenure-promotion considerations.2. We need to take some basic and simple steps to insure that CTEP works well. It seems that it is not the program, but the implementation that needs review.
b. Only 26% felt that the numerical data did not assist with self-improvement and only 10% disagreed that the student comment sheet assisted with faculty improvement.
c. When asked if CTEP works well, 32% felt is did not but 41% felt it did. A large percentage (23%) were neutral.
d. When asked if CTEP provides useful information, 20%-25% responded in the negative. Only 22% felt that the current CTEP needs to be replaced by a similar evaluation system and 33% agreed and 36% disagreed with replacing CTEP with evaluation forms developed by each unit; 24% were neutral.
e. Although 19% were neutral, 45% agreed that CTEP evaluations have had an effect on how they teach courses. 30% disagreed.
UTK teachers seem to welcome some sort of evaluation of their teaching. Even when the overall quality of teaching is excellent, student input and evaluations can help shape details of instruction so that it might better meet the current instructional needs. In a few cases, CTEP might identify some serious shortcomings or major concerns that need to be addressed.a. Oversight Committee: As proposed by the teaching council, the oversight committee can work to resolve real issues and concerns about CTEP making the program much more effective.
b. Faculty Information: It seems clear that too many UT teachers do not understand CTEP and lack information as to how to best use the options available. Many teachers are unaware that they can select from one of several evaluation forms and that they can add questions that relate to their particular area of instruction.