Students at Antioch evaluate their instructor’s teaching and the quality of courses and instruction through an anonymous evaluation procedure. During the last session of each class, the instructor distributes evaluation forms to be completed by the students. Student evaluations provide important information to assist the Program Chair in evaluating course content and the instructor’s work.
The Program Chair communicates overall results of student evaluations to the faculty on a regular basis and often shares student comments. Faculty do not see the anonymous evaluations until after they have submitted assessments of student work.
Results of these evaluations are taken seriously by the faculty and Provost & CEO, and are influential in decisions about modifying course structure and content, and hiring and retaining faculty members. Students are urged to use the forms candidly — to provide faculty and the Program Chair with feedback that can improve Antioch’s teaching.
Student Concern about Instruction
Students are encouraged to discuss their concerns about the content or methods of instruction in a class with the course instructor as soon as any concerns arise. Based on past experience at other schools, students sometimes fear reprisal in these situations, but Antioch instructors generally welcome feedback on their work and the Program Chairs strongly support student expression of concerns. Instructors are often able to make changes to meet student needs.
In all lecture courses, a written mid-term feedback procedure is used, providing a way for students to communicate with the instructor anonymously about the course while it is still in progress. Written evaluations, along with discussions with student representatives, provide outlets for communication and feedback to the Program Chair.