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Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research


OTEAR (pronounced "otter") was originally founded as the "Teaching Excellence Center" in 1992 and has gone through a few name changes during its history.

  • 1992 - founded as the “Teaching Excellence Center” (TEC). The office was primarily responsible for the Student Instructional Rating Survey.
  • 2004 - name changed to the “Center for the Advancement of Teaching” (CAT). The center's responsibilities expanded to include instructional technologies, staff training, and enhanced classroom support.
  • 2007 - name changed to the “Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research” (CTAAR), with the addition of coordinating university assessment programs.
  • 2016 - CTAAR became part of the the Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS).
  • 2022 - name changed to “Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research” (OTEAR), with a change in reporting structure to the University Academic Affairs.



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