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Deadlines and Requirements

SPOT Policies for Fall 2021

According to the Senate Policy on the Student Evaluation of Teaching (PS 17-05), all departments will use the Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT) instrument. All classes with a C classification and six or more students shall be evaluated. Departments may also vote to require evaluation of specified courses. If a Department does require these evaluations, they shall be uniformly required of all faculty members. Faculty members may choose to evaluate any other of their classes.

SPOT administration will be online for all courses.

Fall 2021 SPOT Evaluation Schedule

August 24, 2021
Early courses will be uploaded to the Course Selection Application no later than 5 pm.

August 31, 2021
Early evaluation requests due at 5pm. Use the Course Selection Application to make evaluation requests.

September 27, 2021
Courses will be uploaded to the Course Selection Application no later than 5 pm.

October 5, 2021
All courses must be finalized and verified in the Course Selection Application by the department chair by no later than 5 pm on October 5, 2021. No further course selection changes can be made past this point.

October 8, 2021
No course selection changes will be accepted past this point. Any course selections not verified by 5 pm will not be administered.

November 18, 2021
Online SPOT evaluations will open. Emails will be sent directly to students and will be available from BeachBoard homepage. Faculty will receive an automated email informing them about the opening of their course.

December 3, 2021
Faculty will receive a system generated email informing them of their response rate for open courses. This is informational only.

December 10, 2021
This is the last day of instruction for the Fall 2021 Semester. Online evaluations will close at 11:59 p.m.

January 7, 2022
Academic Technology Services will upload summary reports and irregularity reports to the SPOT SharePoint. Departments and colleges will be sent an email informing them of this upload. Departments will then email the summary reports to faculty using their CSULB email address, or a secure department method of communication.

January 31, 2022
Academic Technology Services will have all disaggregated excel workbooks uploaded to the SPOT SharePoint. Departments will be sent an email informing them of this upload.

Course Selection Online App

Departments will select courses using an online course selection web application. We will be transitioning all departments to this more streamlined process for selecting courses.

Benefits of using the Course Selection app include:

  • No more need to email excel workbooks back and forth
  • Decreased email communication
  • Less confusion about course selections
  • Automated feedback about course selections
  • A more automated SPOT process

Academic Technology Services has created a BeachBoard training course to provide direction for utilizing the app. To be added to this training and get access the SPOT Course Selection Web Application, have your  current Chair of record contact ATS-Survey@csulb.edu.

Policies and Procedures

1. According to the Senate Policy on the Student Evaluation of Teaching (PS 17-05), all departments will use the Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT) instrument.

2. All classes with a C classification and six or more students shall be evaluated. Departments may also vote to require evaluation of specified courses. If a Department does require these evaluations, they shall be uniformly required of all faculty. Faculty members may choose to evaluate any other of their classes.

3. Evaluation summary reports will be uploaded to a SharePoint folder for all requested and required classes after grades are posted.

SPOT MEMO [PDF]

How to administer CPIE

CPIE courses are not SPOT.

However, we have tried to make their selection process as streamlined as possible. CPIE courses can be selected in the SPOT Course Web Application in a separate CPIE tab. This tab will only appear if your department has CPIE courses for the semester. Course selections for CPIE will follow all SPOT deadlines.