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CEG Will Be Revived For Fall Term 1997

By Venkatesh Satish
contributing editor

After experiencing some trouble over the past year, the Course Evaluation Guide is being revived this semester so that reviews of this term's classes will be ready for fall 1997.

Last semester, the CEG did not collect course evaluation data, so there will not be a guide to help students choose classes for spring 1997.

In order to ensure that the guide would continue, leaders of the CEG, a committee of the Undergraduate Association, met with administrators last term to discuss the problems with putting out the guide.

As a result, two teams that will look into short-term and long-term solutions were formed, and classes will definitely be evaluated this fall, said UA President Richard Y. Lee '97.

"I don't think it will be that difficult [to put the guide together] because the positions will all be paid, and the work will take place during" Independent Activities Period, Lee said.

Three students have already agreed to take on the job of editing. Each one will be paid a stipend of $1,000 to work through IAP, Lee said.

Guide requires a lot of work

One of the problems the guide encountered in recent years is that "it became a burden on students, and the faculty weren't being cooperative," said Federico Bernal '97, former editor in chief of the CEG.

"The most time-consuming work would have been near the end of the semester, when the school work kicks in," Bernal said.

This burden will no longer be as much of a problem because there are more editors to divide the work, and eventually some of the data compilation may be absorbed by different departments, said Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Peggy Enders.

A lot of the busywork for editors will be eliminated this year when forms are scanned and other students are hired to do the paperwork that the editors have typically taken on, Lee said.

The group investigating a long-term solution to the CEG's problems - called the discovery team - will consist of students, faculty, and staff, and it will look for the best model on which to run the guide, Enders said.

"The ideal model would be based on finding out what people want, seeing what other schools do, and finding a place outside of a student group to do the grunt work," Enders said.

Faculty expressed some concern over the lack of a Spring 1997 guide, as well as the delay in receiving feedback on their courses. As a result, departments may have to gather some data themselves, Enders said.

"I hope that this time students are able to concentrate on a first-class guide to the subjects and not worry about paper-pushing," Enders said.

CEG will return to old forms

Additionally, the CEG will not use the new questionnaires created last term that included full-sentence evaluations. It will instead use the previous system where students filled out bubble forms that could be scanned electronically.

The new form "asked a lot of questions that were difficult to answer," Enders said. People were happier with the data from the old one, she said.

The guide will continue to be placed on the World Wide Web, reflecting a move that was made last year mostly because of publishing costs, Enders said.

Only a limited number of copies will be printed this term, although it is possible that more copies of the guide will be distributed in the future, said Kanae Mukai '98, one of the editors for this term's guide.

The CEG has already ordered its evaluation forms and is currently advertising for student workers, Mukai said. "There are a lot of little details we have to work on."