Resolution for the suspension of Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness (SETEs) for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Whereas, SETEs, and therefore equitable faculty access to reappointment, retention and advancement, may be negatively impacted by the shift to on-line teaching because:

  1. we anticipate that newly created on-line courses are, at best, BETA versions of courses for faculty that have recently adopted new technologies and teaching modalities; and
  2. we know that remote instruction is not the preferred method of instruction for most faculty; and
  3. we know that not all faculty were able to take advantage of CEETL remote learning training; and
  4. we anticipate that students dissatisfied by radical changes to teaching modalities may express dissatisfaction through SETEs; and
  5. we anticipate that students resentful of paying full tuition when they can not access campus facilities they pay for may express dissatisfaction through SETEs; and

Whereas, in recognition of the extensive research findings that SETEs reproduce gender and racial bias, do not measure learning outcomes, and suffer other distortions that negatively impact faculty, the Academic Senate has formed a task force to develop alternative forms of the evaluation of teaching;


Therefore be it resolved that: 


The Executive Board of the CFA-SFSU calls for the complete suspension of SETEs during the 2020-2021 academic year and the suspension of the requirement for student evaluations in any faculty reappointments or promotions for the 2021-2022 academic year; and


We urge the Academic Senate to mandate this suspension to remain in force at least until either the return to face-to-face teaching and preferably until the replacement of SETEs with new forms of evaluation created by the Academic Senate Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching.


Approved by unanimous vote of the Executive Board CFA-SFSU on Sept. 25, 2020