Student Participation and Governance

Student Participation

At the end of each academic term, students are given the opportunity to complete course/professor evaluations for each of their psychology courses.  Evaluations are then computer scored and analyzed.  These analyses are primarily used for the purpose of improving individual instruction.  They also represent an important input to the task of making recommendations about the tenure, promotion, and salary improvement of faculty members.

In each of your courses, you will be asked to evaluate the effectiveness of the course in assisting you to meet these outcomes:

  1. Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends)
  2. Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, theories, specific skills, or competencies
  3. Learning to apply course material (to improve thinking, problem solving, and decision-making)
  4. Acquiring skills in working with other learners
  5. Developing skill in expressing yourself orally and in writing
  6. Learning how to find and use resources for answering questions or solving problems
  7. Developing a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, making thoughtful decisions and examining their consequences, enhancing personal moral commitment, enriching ethical understanding, and strengthening civic participation.
  8. Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view.
  9. Acquiring an interest in learning more by asking your own questions and seeking answers

Department Governance

Departmental policies and practices are determined by vote of the faculty and graduate student representatives.  Deliberations prior to votes are typically based upon the information gathered and recommendations made by ad hoc and standing committees that have been specifically constituted or asked to study the policies and practices at issue.  Undergraduate psychology majors may be asked to serve on such committees. In addition, students often are polled or surveyed by such committees.