Hawai`i Community College

 

Academic Senate Resolution, 11.30.07

 

Omission of Norms on Student Evaluations

 

 

 

Whereas,   the use of student evaluation norms at HAWCC has been a custom practiced by the BEAT and LA/PS divisions; and

 

Whereas, the evaluation tool that generates these norms was a carryover from a time prior to the separation of HAWCC from UHH; and

 

Whereas, there has been no formal collective discussion about the value and meaning of the norm values or if these norms establish a meaningful standard; and

 

Whereas, there has been no analysis to establish in fact that the norms reported are representative of any given or collective group; and

 

Whereas, it has not been determined that the norms generated from different (w/r to class size, level, rigor, content, etc.) groups offer a meaningful basis for comparison; and 

 

Whereas, it has not been determined that the norms generated from different (w/r to class size, level, rigor, content, etc.) groups are not in fact influenced by the group characteristic; and 

 

Whereas, there is no way of ensuring that the conditions under which the data are collected is in anyway systematic or uniform; and

 

Whereas, a norm may be useful for comparison purposes when no standard exists,  

the student evaluation rating provides a clear standard of numerical values with 1 being “Strongly Agree” and 5 being “Strongly Disagree” against which every instructor could compare her/his respective mean; and

 

Whereas, No other UHCC campus uses norms when analyzing course evaluations; now therefore be it

 

Resolved, that the Academic Senate supports the omission of norms from the reports

generated by the E-Café student evaluation tool. 

 

 

 

 

Unanimously Approved:  November 30, 2007