A guiding principle behind development and evolution of the First Year Curriculum is that detailed analysis and responsiveness to student opinion promotes excellence in both faculty and curriculum content. Thus, an essential feature of the curriculum is student evaluation of faculty and course effectiveness. Students evaluate the First Year Curriculum using the MUSC E*Value course evaluation software administered by the Office of Enrollment Management and by the College of Graduate Studies E*Value representative, and by selecting the recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
I. Unit and Course Evaluation
Units in CGS 701/702 and other constituent elements of the First Year Curriculum are evaluated anonymously by students using E*Value. Online quantitative evaluation forms are open to registered students for one week starting on the last day of each Unit. Students are asked to rate seven Unit statements and four Instructor statements (APPENDIX IV). In addition, after each set of Unit exams, students are asked to offer constructive written criticism of each Unit (content, instructors, etc) in an editable text box. Individual Unit grades will not be posted until all students enrolled in that Unit have completed their evaluation. Anonymous Unit evaluations are reviewed by the Course Director, and distributed to individual Unit Leaders, the Associate Dean, and the Dean.
II. Student Selection of the Outstanding Teacher
Instructor scores accumulated from course Unit evaluations serve to identify a final list of ten candidates for the Dean's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Students elect the recipient of the Award at the year-end First Year Curriculum Student Luncheon.