Approved by the: Student Senate December 4, 2008
Administration - no action required*
Board of Regents - no action required
*The Senate Committee on Educational Policy and the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs are working together to explore the concept of the University publicizing a list of the top third excellent teachers based on student ratings, similar to a system used by the University of Illinois. Such a system would give students positive information about teachers in a way that will assist them in choosing their courses.

STATEMENT ON STUDENT ACCESS TO STUDENT RELEASE QUESTION DATA

The University of Minnesota Student Senate has been working on the Student Release Questions, which are asked during the end-of-semester assessment of a professor's performance, with the idea that the results from these questions would be released to the students. Currently, in order for these results to be released, a professor must take initiative to release their results, which has only been done by about 50 professors from spring semester 2008.

For this process to be automatic, and for all of the results to be released without requiring the professors to sign up individually, the questions to be categorized as public information according to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. The Student Senate supports this action, and asking the Faculty Senate, and University Senate if needed, for support as well spring semester.

RYAN KENNEDY, CHAIR
STUDENT SENATE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE


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