The UTEI is an important part of the University's quality assurance processes. The University uses the UTEI data to review units and the teaching quality, to identify strengths and weaknesses and make necessary improvements.
Each year Unit Coordinators are required to review all aspects of their units, including the UTEI feedback, and to critically reflect on any required changes. The outcomes from the reviews flow to the relevant Course Coordinator.
The UTEI data is also used in Major Course Reviews, and in the various course accreditation exercises the University is required to complete.
The ECU the needs of the students are our highest priority, and the University will seek continuously to improve the quality of its courses and services to students.
Students are in a good position to evaluate teaching and unit quality because most have been immersed in the experience for 12 weeks or more. Student evaluations of teaching staff are not without controversy, but many studies have indicated that student ratings are generally valid and reliable. McKeachie (1997), in a review of a series of articles by noted researchers in the field claims
"All of the authors (and I join them) agree that student ratings are the single most valid source of data on teaching effectiveness."
Mc Keachie, W. J. (1997). Student ratings: the validity of use. American Psychologist, 52, 1218 - 1225.
The Commonwealth Government, via TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) has made it clear that universities need to seek student feedback, and that this will form one aspect of TEQSA's quality monitoring activity.
ECU uses UTEI data in its teaching award processes. It is important to celebrate outstanding teachers, and the UTEI is a critical aspect of this.