How are USAT results used?
USAT results give feedback to instructors from students. This information can be used to improve approaches to teaching as well as course materials and design.
In addition, USAT data serve these purposes:
- The department heads and Deans maintain their copies of USAT evaluation reports as part of the instructor's record, and these reports may be consulted when making promotion and tenure decisions. This practice is in keeping with the Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) Collective Agreement, Article 29.3.8, which states, "Data and statistical measures derived from surveys which conform to the provisions of Article 29.3.5, and which have been placed in the Member's Official File, shall be used in the University's assessment of a Member's teaching performance."
- Similarly, Article 30.12.1 of the QUFA Collective Agreement indicates that, "The University Surveys of Student Assessment of Teaching (USATs) shall be included in the Renewal/Tenure/Promotion File in any application for Renewal, Tenure or Promotion"
- Younger instructors are able to use the reports as part of their job application package.
- Students may obtain released USAT results as published on line at the AMS web site.
- Aggregated USAT data are consulted during departmental Internal Academic Reviews.