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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.

Our team is in the process of transitioning all SPOT evaluations to online submission. Check out our Online SPOT FAQs

SPOT Facts:

  • Courses to be evaluated are selected by the academic department.  
  • Evaluations are conducted in over 6,000 courses every fall and spring semester.
  • SPOT is a manual, paper-based process consisting of a large-scale production and distribution of forms.
  • The SPOT process takes approximately 3 months to complete from the point of production to the data analysis of evaluations.
  • Over 210,000 sheets of paper are used per semester.  
  • Instructors teaching hybrid courses can administer SPOT online or on paper. Online courses use online evalutions.
  • The software used for both paper and online evaluations is Class Climate, a product of Scantron.