SETU - Student Evaluation of Teaching and Units
The SETU is a single unit and teaching evaluation survey that is administered wholly online each semester across all coursework units. The instrument is composed of 7 university wide unit evaluation items (including 2 qualitative), an optional faculty specific component (up to 5 quantitative items) as well as 4 teaching quantitative evaluation items. An unlimited number of academics associated with each unit offering can be evaluated.
SETU Purpose Statement
SETU is primarily a survey of student satisfaction with their units and teaching staff. It is not explicitly a measure of the quality of teaching or learning, but forms an important part of an overall picture. Its primary purpose is to act as an initial, broad indicator of teaching quality - directing subsequent investigation (using the University's 'traffic light' system) and providing valuable information to inform unit enhancement and the student learning journey.
The data may be used by Faculty and other University staff within contexts such as (but not limited to) unit enhancement, strategic planning, course and unit review and staff development. In particular, it should be used by faculties as a basis for annual reports of improvements made to their units in response to student feedback and by Learning and Teaching support areas to identify priorities for targeted strategies to support teaching staff.
A secondary purpose of SETU is to provide data that may be used by academic staff for the purposes of research.
Policy and Guidelines
Further information on the policy and procedure for the use of SETU data in the performance development process can be found within the Staff Development Procedure for the Academic Staff Performance Development Process.
The SETU results will also need to be provided by staff in the education achievement reports supporting applications for confirmation, promotion or teaching awards. While faculties will determine which units and staff are evaluated each semester, staff may still ‘opt in' to be evaluated should they need the results for these applications.
Further information on the Student Evaluation Policy and the SETU procedures can be found in the Monash University Policy Bank. Additionally, further information regarding work undertaken in 2009 to revise and update the unit evaluation component of the SETU can be found in the paper; Revision of Unit Evaluation Survey.
The administration of the SETU is managed by the Office of Planning and Quality. Timelines, documentation and training materials related to survey administration can be found on the SETU Survey Administration website.
Teaching Staff Resources
SETU questionnaires for each faculty can be found on the SETU Survey Instrument website
Unit evaluation quantitative data are available from:
Unit evaluation qualitative data are provided to each faculty's Associate Dean (Education) in the form of pdf reports of the open ended comments.
Teaching evaluation data are published in the my.monash portal under the ‘teaching' tab and then under ‘Teaching development'. These will only be accessible to the teacher that was evaluated
A new SETU intranet has been launched on 21 December 2012 to provide an interface for the distribution of qualitative and quantitative faculty data which previously used to be distributed via DvD to each faculty Associate Dean of Education (ADE) at the conclusion of each survey round. Please note that access to each faculties SETU data is restricted to the faculty ADE, Faculty Manager and selected staff as nominated by the faculty. Any requests for access to the site must be made via email to Kristina Kaulenas (Manager Information Strategy and Surveys - Office of Planning and Quality). All content on your faculties intranet is further protected - all zip files are encrypted and the faculty specific password has been provided to each ADE or equivalent.
To access the SETU intranet please click HERE.
Median Scores in the SETU reports
One of the key measures used in these reports is the ‘median'. The median shown in these reports is calculated under the assumption that the five point scale represents a continuous random variable rather than five discrete categories. For further information on how this measure is calculated please refer to the paper Methodology for the calculation of the median in the SETU reports (pdf 116kB).
The iSETU (Informal Student Evaluation of Teaching and Units) is a self-administered, informal evaluation of units and teaching that teaching staff can use to gain preliminary feedback from their students. Teaching staff may wish to administer either the unit based or teaching based iSETU to their students in the first half of semester (prior to week 6).