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SIRS — The Student Instructional Ratings Survey

The Student Instructional Rating Survey (SIRS) is a University-wide survey of students for their comments about their experiences in the classroom. The results are used by the individual instructors, departments, schools and the University for the assessment and improvement of teaching. Faculty members are asked to provide summaries of the student survey statistics for personnel decisions such as tenure, promotion or merit-based pay.

The evaluation of an instructor's performance is an ongoing process that includes peer review, construction of a teaching portfolio, and an assessment of student learning outcomes in addition to student ratings. OTEAR tries to avoid calling SIRS “teaching evaluations” — "Rating survey" is a more accurate term for this one facet of the teaching evaluation process.

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