Bylaws and Policies

Political Policy Quality Instruction

Expires: April 30, 2022

1 Facts

  1. The University of Alberta is a publicly funded research and teaching intensive institution and the core academic mission values “excellence in teaching, research, and creative activity that enriches learning experiences, advances knowledge, inspires engaged citizenship, and promotes the public good”
  2. Quality in undergraduate instruction affects every student on campus and provides them with a positive, safe, memorable, and learning-rich experience throughout their degree.
  3. Outstanding instruction in undergraduate education reflects positively on the University.
  4. Excellence in instruction requires effective and clear communication and interaction between students and instructors.
  5. Student feedback and evaluation of instruction provides students with a voice in their learning environment and can aid instructors to improve their teaching philosophy.
  6. Smaller class sizes, with more accessibility to an instructor, are proven to increase the quality of instruction.
  7. Quality instruction prepares students with transferable skills well-suited for the workforce and continuing educational endeavours.
  8. Academic faculty members need access to high-quality, progressive professional development coupled with supporting policies relating to teaching and learning.
  9. Establishing a culture that promotes excellence in teaching requires institutional commitment, investment and innovation, including support for the scholarship of teaching and learning.

2 Resolutions

  1. The Students' Union will advocate for continued and growing institutional commitment towards excellence in instruction, including support for innovative teaching practices and for the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  2. The Students’ Union will advocate for the continuous modernization of our curriculums to adapt to our dynamic environments.
  3. The Studentsʼ Union will advocate for conditions that promote the importance of teaching at an institutional and grassroots level across our diverse campuses.
  4. The Studentsʼ Union will advocate for the support of experiential and co-curricular learning integration with instruction to enhance student learning and incentivize instructors to adopt innovative and effective teaching strategies.
  5. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University recognizes the importance of professional development in an instructor’s performance evaluation in Faculty Evaluation Committees.
  6. The Students’ Union will advocate that instructors be required to present evidence of their current and past teaching professional development experience as part of their annual review.
  7. The Students’ Union will advocate for increased and ongoing communication between students and professors through mid-semester teaching evaluations.
  8. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta broaden the scope of teaching evaluations.
  9. The Students’ Union will advocate for the sustainability of the Universal Student Rating of Instructors (USRI’s) database, and ensure they are easily accessible and digestible for all students.