The primary charges of The Committee on the Evaluation of Instruction will be:
The Committee on Committees selects one tenured or tenure track faculty member from each school (plus the library) to serve on the committee. Academic faculty membership is restricted to tenured or tenure track faculty members who have been employed at The Citadel for at least one full academic year at the time they begin committee service. In addition to the academic faculty members, the committee shall include one ROTC faculty member selected by the Committee on Committees and two students (one undergraduate, one graduate) appointed by the Provost.
Academic faculty members serve three year rotating terms, staggered so that at all times two-thirds of the committee have a collective memory of past decisions. All other members of the committee serve one-year terms. An academic faculty member may request a second consecutive term; no faculty member may serve on the committee for more than six years consecutively. If a faculty member cannot complete a term, the Committee on Committees will select another member to fill the un-expired term. Time spent filling the term of another faculty member will not count toward the "six-year rule" outlined above.
The committee shall have a chair selected by committee vote at an organizational meeting held before September 30 of each year. The term of the chair will last until the next election. A member may not serve as committee chair for more than three years consecutively. The chair is responsible for scheduling and presiding over committee meetings, representing the committee before outside bodies, and producing an annual report of committee activities.
The committee may form subcommittees to perform specific tasks.
The committee must meet at least twice during the academic year, once in the fall and once in the spring. The chair must hold a meeting if requested in writing by at least one-third of the voting members. A quorum consists of one-half the voting membership.
The committee will analyze information by reviewing statistical summaries, by compiling published and written material, or by means of other established methods. The analysis may provide the college with information pertinent to a particular issue, or it may substantiate a recommendation for administrative action. The committee will disseminate information by means of:
The Committee on the Evaluation of Instruction will prepare an annual report summarizing its activities over the previous academic year. The report must include all decisions of the committee, excluding confidential matters. Copies of this report will be made accessible to all Citadel faculty, staff, and students
The committee is responsible for the timely dissemination of all reports to the Citadel community. Committee reports shall be made available as directed by the Faculty Council. Reports may contain recommendations or proposals. For the purposes of gathering information (see above), all reports are to be considered published information.
The work of the Committee on the Evaluation of Instruction consists of the series of tasks outlined in Section III (“Activities”) and the recommending of revision and change in content and procedures. It will make such recommendations when its research, surveys, or general judgment indicate that change is needed. The committee assumes tasks through one of the following means:
The committee will remain aware, on an ongoing basis, of the most sound and equitable practices in this field and of the difficulties which academics elsewhere have encountered in working with the evaluation of instruction.
To ensure the efficiency and quality of committee work, the committee is granted a degree of autonomy over its own operations. Upon receiving a request from another college body, the committee will vote to accept or reject the request. A request for information can be rejected for the following reasons:
The Committee on the Evaluation of Instruction may modify its charter in consultation with the Committee on Committees. It will present proposals for changes in its charter to the Committee on Committees, which will then negotiate those changes with the standing committee and with any administrative departments affected. Consensus requests will be forwarded to the Faculty Council for approval. Should there be no consensus, competing proposals may subsequently be referred for consideration to the Faculty Council.
Revised May 2008