Southeast Missouri State University

CBHE-Approved Consumer Information Regulations 10.12.07

  1. Definitions
    1. The term “course” shall mean any regularly scheduled instructional activity:
      1. For which, upon successful completion thereof, enrolled students are given credit that can be applied to meet the requirements for achieving a degree, certificate, or similar academic award; or
      2. That provides remedial instruction to students enrolled in the institution;
      3. But need not include thesis or dissertation supervision; independent study; directed study or reading courses; internship supervision; individual lessons, mentoring, or supervised experiences; or any other similar activity with such a low number of enrolled students as to allow respondents to be personally identified.
    2. The term “course information” shall include a schedule listing all courses that will be offered during an academic term, all sections of each course, the name(s) of the faculty member(s) who will teach each class, and the time and location at which each course will be offered.
    3. The term “credentials” shall include the highest post-secondary degree or certificate earned by the faculty member and the faculty member's rank (e.g., full professor, teaching assistant).
    4. The terms “faculty” and “faculty member” shall refer to each person assigned full or partial responsibility for delivery of academic course(s) at a Missouri public higher education institution and includes but is not limited to the following categories: adjunct, part-time, and full-time instructors and lecturers; and graduate students and graduate assistants who teach all or part of any course. The terms “faculty” and “faculty member” shall not include guest speakers, tutors, and practicum or internship supervisors.
    5. The term “feasible” shall mean capable of being performed.
    6. The terms “instructor ratings by students” and “ratings” shall mean certain evaluative information, as designated by each institution, collected at least annually, provided by students enrolled in a course about the performance of the faculty member(s) responsible for delivery of all or part of the course. Ratings posted on an institution's website need not include all information collected in regularly conducted evaluations of faculty by students and may consist of information gathered specifically for publication on the institution's website.
    7. The term “post” shall mean to publish on an institution's website.
    8. The terms “public higher education institution” and “institution” shall mean an educational institution as defined in section 173.205.2 or 173.205.3, RSMo.
    9. The term “section” shall mean:
      1. In cases where more than one course with the same prefix, course number, and course title are offered, each distinct offering in which students may enroll; and/or
      2. Each separate subdivision within one course in which students break into groups in a formal manner to discuss and/or practice course content.
  2. Each institution shall post each of the following on a portion of its website that is available to the general public without a login, student ID, user ID, or other password, except that no institution shall be required to post any item the publication of which would constitute a violation of state or federal law:
    1. The names of all faculty members. This information must be posted no later than the first day of the first academic term starting on or after August 1, 2008, and for each academic term thereafter.
    2. Each faculty member's credentials. This information must be posted no later than the first day of the first academic term starting on or after August 1, 2008, and for each academic term thereafter.
    3. No later than ten calendar days before the first day that any student may enroll for the next academic term, all available course information for the next academic term. If course information is not available ten calendar days before the first day that any student may enroll for the next academic term, the institution shall post the information on its website as soon as the information is available. If course information changes at any time before the conclusion of the semester, the institution must update its website to reflect the change(s). This information must be posted before enrollment begins for the first academic term starting on or after August 1, 2008, and every academic term thereafter.
  3. Where feasible, each institution shall post on its website instructor ratings by students, except that no institution shall be required to post any item the publication of which would constitute a violation of state or federal law
    1. The ratings must include:
      1. The most recent ratings available; or
      2. A faculty member's ratings for multiple academic terms, whether data for each term are presented separately or in aggregate form, so long as the ratings posted include the most recent ratings available.
    2. Each institution may determine whether to post each faculty member's ratings:
      1. As an aggregate representing ratings received for all courses taught by that faculty member; or
      2. For each individual course taught by the faculty member.
    3. Institutions need not post ratings of faculty members who are teaching for the first time at the institution if no such ratings exist.
    4. If an institution decides to post ratings for each individual course taught by the faculty member and a faculty member is teaching a course for the first time, the institution need not post ratings for that course if no such ratings exist.
    5. This information must be posted at least ten calendar days before the first day that any student may enroll for the next academic term, starting with the first academic term starting on or after January August 1, 2009, and every academic term thereafter.
    6. If the Missouri Department of Higher Education (“Department”) determines that the ratings posted by an institution do not provide sufficient information, that institution shall work cooperatively with the Department to develop ratings that do provide information the Department deems sufficient.
    7. Ratings must be posted on a portion of the institution's website that may be viewed by currently enrolled students and by all new students participating in the enrollment process at the institution.

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