Town halls to be held on proposal for new student opinion surveys (UPDATED)

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UPDATE (13/02/2017): Additional Town Halls regarding the new student opinion surveys have been added with new benefits for students. The first forty students to show up to these new time slots will receive a free $5 Tim Card. The new times are as follows:

Wednesday, February 15, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 16, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Both Town Halls take place in the Whitebone Lounge.


The Senates Teaching Excellence and Policy Committee (TEP) will be holding a number of town halls this week to hear students’ and faculty members’ feedback on proposed changes to the Student Opinion Surveys. The surveys are filled out by students at the end of each semester.

A statement on MyUNB News notes “This is your opportunity to provide your feedback on this very important process that supports UNB’s efforts to provide excellent teaching and learning experiences for our faculty/instructors and students.”

Proposed changes to the survey include allowing department heads to select questions from a bank of over 100 for a section of the survey, giving students a space to answer two open-ended questions, and allowing 6 instructor-chosen questions to be included on the survey. Another proposed change is to have the surveys completed exclusively online.

The proposal also notes that under the new Student Opinion surveys, there would be nine questions that are required for each student to complete with up to 12 additional questions chosen by department heads or the instructor of the class.

The town halls will be held in the Whitebone Lounge Tuesday, February 7 from 2:30-3:30pm, Wednesday, February 8 from 3:30-4:30pm, and Thursday, February 9 from 1-2pm.

Any students, staff, or faculty who cannot make these dates can still e-mail their comments, questions, or concerns to SOSReview@unb.ca by Friday, February 17. Full details of the proposal can be found here.