Skip to main content

Holistic Teaching Evaluation

In 2019, in response to discussions and observations about the current teaching evaluation practices, a joint Senate-Administration Workgroup on Holistic Teaching Evaluation was formed. The overarching goal for this workgroup was to develop a holistic, transparent, and flexible evaluation process, and to provide the tools and support needed for faculty and CAP reviewers to have more effective evaluations.

The 2019 workgroup produced a report that recommended the following:

  • Separate formative assessment from summative evaluation of teaching
  • Change the structure of the (undergraduate) student feedback forms (CAPEs).
  • Evaluate teaching holistically based on “a teaching portfolio, an instructor’s self-reflection, and the chair’s summary.”

In 2020 a second senate and administration group- the Holistic Teaching Evaluation Implementation Task Force, was charged with developing a plan to implement the first workgroup's recommendations. Their report defined the following:

  • The structure of the Teaching Portfolio and Teaching Statement
  • A new structure for student feedback
  • A method for evaluating teaching holistically
  • An implementation plan is overseen by a new Holistic Teaching Review Oversight Committee

In 2022, a standing committee- the Holistic Teaching Oversight Committee, was formed to communicate and oversee the campus transition to holistic teaching evaluation. 


Timeline for Rollout

  • Academic Year 2022-23: 
    • Review of teaching in 2022-2023 files remains unchanged;
    • Start transition from CAPEs to a revised student feedback mechanism (starting spring 2023); 
    • Develop resources to help faculty create teaching portfolios and to help departments, schools and CAP evaluate them; 
    • Encourage faculty who will be reviewed in 2023-2024 to start to incorporate elements of a teaching portfolio into their files

  • Academic year 2023-24:
    • Transition to new student feedback mechanism completes
    • Campus reviewers begin to comment on teaching statements and other materials, in addition to student feedback forms/CAPEs (residual) and other forms of student input

  • Academic year 2024-25:
    • Encourage more detailed teaching statements to match additional portfolio material (including student input, syllabi, and other evidence of teaching effectiveness)
    • Campus reviewers include more elements in evaluating teaching effectiveness

  • Academic year 2025-26:
    • Holistic teaching evaluation reaches steady-state

Student Evaluation Forms- these will replace CAPEs

Transition Timeline- from CAPEs to SET Forms

Review the new questions here. 

Fall 2022:

  • (1) New Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) forms developed based on 2019 WG report  
  • (2) SET forms piloted with 13 students (both undergrad and grad) who provided detailed feedback

Winter 2023:

  • SET forms finalized and implemented in Eval System

Spring 2023:

  • Faculty can opt-in to using SET forms instead of CAPE for undergrad courses.

Summer 2023:

  • SET forms replace CAPE for all undergraduate courses

Fall 2023:

  • SET IA forms replace existing IA evaluation forms

Winter 2024:

  • SET forms replace grad course evaluation forms


Committee Members & Contact Info

2022-2023 Senate and Administration Standing Holistic Teaching Evaluation Oversight Committee

Christine Alvarado- Associate Dean Division of Undergraduate Education- Committee co-chair

Phoebe Bronstein- Assistant Teaching Professor, Sixth College- Committee co-chair


Marisa Abrajano- Provost, Warren College

Jelena Bradic- Professor, Mathematics & HDSI

April Burcham- AP Analyst, Division of Undergraduate Education

Rhianen Callahan- Associated Students Representative

Hailey Caraballo- Project Policy Analyst, Division of Undergraduate Education

Sekhar Chivukula- Professor, Physics

Emily Davalos or Giulia Corno- Graduate & Professional Student Association Representative

Maureen Feeley- Teaching Professor, Political Science

Vic Ferreira- Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Judy Kim- Associate Dean, Division of Graduate Education and Post-doctoral Affairs

Bill Lin- Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Stanley Lo- Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology

Gilberto Mosqueda- Professor, Structural Engineering

Dana Nelkin- Chair, Philosophy

Julia Partridge- Director, Academic Advancement and Compensation

Todd Pawlicki- Professor, Radiation Medicine

Anya Samek- Associate Professor, Rady

Carolyn Sandoval- Associate Director, Teaching +Learning Commons

Ulrike Schaede- Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy

David Stegman- Associate Professor, SIO

Shahrokh Yadegari- Professor, Music


Coming Soon- for questions, contact