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Higher Education Institution Personnel: Faculty Evaluation, U.S.

Faculty evaluation in higher education is a term describing a systematic approach measuring the effectiveness of faculty performance, and determining the degree performance is consistent with the standards of the academic unit. Generally, the process of evaluation is designed to consider the merit and worth of an individual. In higher education, faculty evaluation within all fields of academia has a criticality unlike many other professions. Faculty evaluation in higher education is designed to measure the quality of teaching and learning while documenting scholarship and related service activities of individual faculty members. It is a critical component in contract renewal, promotion, and tenure decisions; awarding merit raises; and maximizing effectiveness in teaching, scholarship, and service. A comprehensive system guides the faculty evaluation process with distinct practices ...

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