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LUMS Makes Course Evaluations Available to Students
The Lahore Univeristy of Management Sciences (LUMS) has become the first Univeristy in Pakistan to make its course evaluations available to all students and faculty. Student course evaluations are undertaken at the end of each semester and had untill now been available only to the relevant faculty member and the Academic Leadership (Chairs, Deans, etc.). With this bold move LUMS will now follow international best practice and join the leading Universities of the world in making course evaluation results available to all its students.
To initiate the move, LUMS has now made the statistical summary Course Evaluations from the previous semester (Fall 2011) available at its portal. Going forth, every semester’s course evaluations will be made available in the following semester. The statistical summary of course evaluation results currently being used highlights ratings for course, instructor, process, TA, and a combined score. The process will continue to be refined over the next few iterations and the evaluation form used this semester is already shorter and more focused than the one used in the past. Evaluations for the Spring 2012 semester are currently underway and will close on Wednesday, May 9.
In an email to students announcing the decision, LUMS Vice Chancellor, Dr. Adil Najam, described the decision as “an important milestone and a major step forward” and hoped that it will help further improve the teaching and learning experience across the campus. Dr. Najam stressed that this move highlights the Univeristy’s continuing commitment to and emphasis on teaching quality. He added that the decision is also “a show of confidence and trust in our students” to demonstrate intellectual maturity and maintain the dignity and trust of the teacher-student relationship.
The Vice Chancellor said that the process will continue to be improved over the next few cycles so that it becomes “a regular, dependable, and useful tool for enhancing the quality of teaching and learning at LUMS.” In reaffirming the centrality of good teaching, Dr. Najam added, “In all cases, we intend to use the global best practice as our yardstick, and the goal of improved teaching and learning at LUMS will remain the paramount driving force.”