Faculty Evaluation Standards

  1. What are the criteria by which faculty are evaluated?
  • Performance in primary assignment
  • Professional improvement
  • Service to the College
  • Service to the Community
  1. How can I find out more about what is meant by these broad categories of performance

    You can access these rank-specific descriptors by accessing COCC Faculty Evaluation: Official Practices (rev. 2008)
    ...& scrolling down to Part IV. F - Faculty Rank.
  • Primary assignment for: Assistant Professor II; Associate Professor; Professor
  • Professional improvement for: Assistant Professor II; Associate Professor; Professor
  • Service to the College for: Assistant Professor II; Associate Professor; Professor
  • Service to the Community for: Assistant Professor II; Associate Professor; Professor
  1. How are the categories weighted in tenure and promotion decisions?
  1. What are the essential documents which discuss expectations for full-time faculty performance and the processes by which the College tracks and evaluates that performance?
  1. What use is made of student evaluations?
  • Each time these are administered, the summaries are reviewed by department chairs, the appropriate dean, and the Vice President for Instruction. Then the summaries are placed in the personnel file and are reviewed (eventually) by the Tenure Committee and the Promotions Committee.
  • Timeline:
    • Instructors in their first two years at COCC: student evaluations conducted each term all sections.
    • After sceond year at COCC (for full-time instructors): student evaluations conducted one term per academic year, all sections in that term.
  1. What documents go into the Human Resource file?
    See also: General Procedures Manual: HR-8-1[Contents of Personnel Files]: Faculty
    - Checklist: What Constitutes a Complete File for Promotion
    - What Constitutes a Complete File for Tenure

Summative Evaluation

Annual Reports

Professional Improvement: FPIRC Documents / Review

Student evaluations: summary report goes to file. All classes for 1st 2 years; then all in one term annually, for full time faculty; may continue all classes for part time faculty.  Student evaluations requirements apply to all COCC faculty.

Report activities in:

  • primary assignment
  • professional improvement
  • service to college
  • service to community

Professional Improvement Plan (PIP proposals & DE letter of support for new 4-year cycle: due in May)

Significant revision to approved PIP within a 4-year cycle must be submitted for approval

Peer team reports (2nd year, 4th year...prior to tenure..., every 5th year after tenure

Includes brief DE comment

PIP Funding Requests

Designated evaluator review and recommendations

Due October 15 each year

PIP Final Reports (due at the end of 4-year PIP cycle)

Administrative evaluation -- 2nd year


Sabbatical proposals and reports


  1.  For faculty on alternate contracts (that is, the annual contract includes Summer term), what are the standards for performance in Summer term?
  2. What if I teach for an upper-division partner at Oregon State University -- Cascades Campus: how will my performance in that situation be tracked?

    The faculty member's home institution will carry out standard student evaluations as required by the home institution and as requested by OSU-CASCADES, and will share this information with OSU-CASCADES leadership. Whenever the evaluation procedures of the faculty member's home institution require class visits or other contact with students or classes, such class visits will be allowed.
  3. What are the standards for performance and the processes for evaluation of part-time and adjunct faculty? ( Please see GP Manual HR 9-1.4)
  4. It's pretty complicated: how can I be sure I'm understanding this? If you have questions at any time, ask your chair, dean, or the Vice President of Instruction 


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