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CES Ballot Results

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System distributed an online ballot to all faculty and lecturers on November 13th.  The voting period was November 13-17, 2017. The ballot asked faculty to vote on three items:

  • a common campus question;
  • an open-ended comment field; and the
  • sharing of survey results with division chairs.

A total of 108 responses were received.

Ballot Results

One of the following three multiple-choice questions/statements will be a campus-level question on all course evaluations. Please choose one of the following:

  1. How would you rate the overall quality of this course?  Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent   63.89% or 69 votes
  2. How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this course? Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent  19.44% or 21 votes
  3. This course helped advance my educational goals. Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent  16.67% or 18 votes

Should the open-ended question, “Other comments,” be included as a campus-level question on all course evaluations?

  1. Yes  75.93% or 82 votes
  2. No  24.07% or 26 votes

No results will be shared directly with administrators. The campus will determine if the Division Chair will see the results for faculty within their division.  Please choose one of the following options:

  1. All results will be shared with each Division Chair.  36.11% or 39 votes
  2. Results for non-tenured faculty only will be shared with the Division Chair. 7.41% or 8 votes
  3. Each division may decide to share results with the Division Chair.  32.41% or 35 votes
  4. No results will be shared with the Division Chair.  24.07% or 26 votes

Since none of the sharing options received a majority of the votes and the sample size was small, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System is giving the decision on the sharing option to the divisions.

Each division will decide one of the following options:

  1. The Division Chair will see the results for all faculty within the division.
  2. The Division Chair will see the results for non-tenured faculty within the division.
  3. No results will be shared with the Division Chair.

Recommendations for divisions:

  • Hold an open discussion at Division Meetings.  
  • An anonymous vote is strongly recommended.

Divisions will report their decision to the CES Committee by January 19, 2018.

Next Steps for the Committee

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System

  • Will work with the designated CES campus administrator to prepare for the CES launch in Fall 2018;
  • Will create a central repository for existing survey questions and make it accessible to faculty; and
  • Will share information about the CES platform with faculty and work with the CES campus administrator to plan workshops to assist faculty in using the new platform.

Ballot on CES Common Question Coming November 13

Leeward Faculty and Lecturers,

The new Course Evaluation System (CES) will be rolled out Fall 2018.  CES surveys will be automatically distributed to all students enrolled in credit-based courses.  Unlike eCafe, CES is mandatory.

See a February 27, 2017, blog post for background on CES and Leeward’s implementation plan.

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System will distribute an online ballot to all faculty and lecturers on November 13th.  The ballot will ask faculty to vote on three items:

  • a common campus question;
  • an open-ended comment field; and the
  • sharing of survey results with division chairs.

The ballot language will be as follows:

  1. One of the following three multiple-choice questions/statements will be a campus-level questions on all course evaluations. Please choose one of the following:
    1. How would you rate the overall quality of this course?  Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent
    2. How would you rate the overal effectiveness of this course? Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent
    3. This course helped advance my educational goals. Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent
  2. Should the open-ended question, “Other comments,” be included as a campus-level question on all course evaluations?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  3. No results will be shared directly with administrators. The campus will determine if the Division Chair will see the results for faculty within their division.  Please choose one of the following options:
    1. All results will be shared with each Division Chair.
    2. Results for non-tenured faculty only will be shared with the Division Chair.
    3. Each division may decide to share results with the Division Chair.
    4. No results will be shared with the Division Chair.

The voting period will be November 13-17th.  The ad hoc committee will report the results to Faculty Senate at its December 6th meeting.  Please refer any questions to any committee member below.

Ad Hoc CES Committee

  • Kelsie Aguilera
  • Jeremiah Boydstun
  • Michael Oishi
  • Wayde Oshiro, co-chair
  • Catherine Walker, co-chair
  • Irwin Yamamoto

Ballot on CES Tier 1 Question Coming April 3rd

Leeward Faculty and Lecturers,

An electronic ballot will be distributed to all faculty and lecturers on Monday, April 3rd soliciting input on Leeward’s tier 1 campus-level question for the new Course Evaluation System (CES). The question/statement with the highest votes will be submitted as our campus tier 1 question when CES is implemented in Fall 2018. Balloting will end on Friday, April 7th.

If you want to learn more about CES and why we are requesting your input, see our February 27, 2017 post on this topic.

Below is the text of the email you will receive on April 3rd. The ballot questions follow.

The Faculty Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System would like your feedback on selecting one Tier I campus-level question for the new online UH Course Evaluation System.  Tier I questions are standard questions that will be distributed to all Leeward CC students enrolled in credit-based courses.  Tiers 2 and 3 are for division and program-level questions and Leeward has decided that the use of these tiers will be determined by individual divisions/programs. Individual faculty members will decide Tier 4 questions.

The new Course Evaluation System (CES) will be electronically delivered to all students enrolled in your course.  There is no opt-out choice.  Details on the sharing of aggregate results is as yet undecided.

After gathering feedback from the March 6th faculty forum and online survey, the ad-hoc committee is seeking faculty input on the following two items:

Which of the following Tier 1 campus level questions/statements do you prefer? (choose one)

  • How would you rate the overall quality of this course? (Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent)
  • How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this course? (Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent)
  • This course helped me advance my educational goals. (Strongly disagree, Disagree, Neutral, Agree, Strongly Agree)

Should we include the following open-ended statement as an additional Tier I campus level question? (yes or no)

  • Other comments:
    • Yes, this question should be asked of all students.
    • No, this question should be asked at the discretion of the division or individual faculty member.

Ad-Hoc CES Committee

  • Kelsie Aguilera
  • Jeremiah Boydstun
  • Michael Oishi
  • Wayde Oshiro, co-chair
  • Catherine Walker, co-chair
  • Irwin Yamamoto

New Course Evaluation System

Did you know that a new course evaluation system will replace eCAFE?  It’s called the Course Evaluation System (CES) and its planned implementation is Fall 2018. Unlike eCAFE, CES will be mandatory which means all instructional faculty will be impacted regardless of whether you currently use eCAFE, or not. CES is meant to replace the traditional paper-based course evaluations.

The new system was announced in a March 8, 2016 memo from UH President Lassner which describes CES and outlines a plan with implementation dates that have since changed. A January 2017 presentation by UH ITS Academic Technologies Director Hae Okimoto provides an overview of the new system, an updated implementation timeline, and notes key differences between it and eCAFE. According to slide #4:

Campuses, divisions, departments can determine questions sets for courses at various levels.

Campuses, divisions, departments can determine questions sets for courses at various levels.

100% of credit courses will be assessed.

Mobile and web access.

ADA compliant.

Results shared with department/division chair.

Aggregate results of common questions will be shared according to campus guidelines.

Faculty section:

Ability to add questions

Ability to curate questions

Aggregation among sections

CES is structured to have four tiers of questions:

  • Tier 1 – Campus 
  • Tier 2 – Division
  • Tier 3 – Program
  • Tier 4 – Faculty

The Honolulu CC Faculty Senate submitted a set of questions and concerns about CES to Hae Okimoto.  Her responses function as an FAQ and can be found here.

The current proposal from Leeward Administration is for the campus to implement a single Tier 1 question common to all surveys. Implementation of Tier 4 would be solely a faculty-driven decision. Tiers 2 and 3 will be a division/program decision. Leeward’s plan:

  • Tier 1 – Campus (one common question for all courses)
  • Tier 4 – Faculty (left to each instructor to implement as they see fit)

At the January 25th meeting, Faculty Senate established (motion 17.31) the Ad-Hoc Course Evaluation System Committee charged with gathering faculty feedback, identifying questions, and proposing guidelines for our campus. The committee has developed four questions up for consideration as Leeward’s Tier 1 question/statement:

  1. How would you rate the overall quality of this course?
  2. How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this course?
  3. This course helped advance my educational goals.
  4. This college helped advance my educational goals.

The CES Committee will host a faculty forum to solicit feedback on the draft Tier 1 questions/statements.  Della has accepted the committee’s invitation to attend this forum to answer questions about Leeward’s implementation and the phasing out of paper-based course evaluations. This meeting is not intended to answer questions pertaining to the system’s functionality or use. The date for the CES faculty forum is March 6th at 1 pm in ED 201A/B. (Forum was held as scheduled)

In addition to the forum, you may submit your feedback using this online CES Tier 1 Question Survey. After receiving feedback at the forum and via the online survey, the committee will put the Tier 1 questions/statements up for an online vote. The question/statement with the highest votes will be submitted to Faculty Senate for referral to Administration.  (Sorry, survey is now closed)

For the latest update, go to the November 2nd blog post.

Ad-Hoc CES Committee

  • Kelsie Aguilera
  • Jeremiah Boydstun
  • Michael Oishi
  • Wayde Oshiro, co-chair
  • Catherine Walker, co-chair
  • Irwin Yamamoto