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Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT)

Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT)

Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT) is an assessment instrument used at CSULB to gather student feedback on faculty teaching. Faculty evaluations help guide the academic department in planning curriculum and determining course offerings.

The SPOT process is coordinated by Academic Technology Services on behalf of Faculty Affairs according to Academic Senate Policy PS 17-05.

SPOT Administration for Spring 2020 Alternative Instruction

At the March 12th, 2020 Academic Senate meeting, it was recommended, in the form of a resolution, that the Student Perceptions of Teaching survey not be administered in spring 2020. While the rationale for this recommendation is entirely understandable, at this point all CSUs will be administering student evaluations. However, at CSULB, the timing is such that we cannot complete the administration of early evaluations.

For evaluations to be administered beginning April 20th, 2020, ATS is setting up online SPOT for all courses in which SPOT administration is scheduled to occur. Hopefully, students will give faculty members some formative feedback on their alternative modalities. All faculty members will be held harmless in the personnel process; a memo will be added to each faculty members file indicating that the SPOT evalutations from spring 2020 (or the lack there of in the case of faculty members teaching courses that were due to be evaluated early) must not be considered in personnel decisions, unless the faculty member explicitly chooses to include the SPOT summary in their file.