Perceived Teaching Effectiveness (PTE)

Perceived Teaching Effectiveness (PTE)

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Process for Stateside Courses


CSUDH uses a web-based system to administer the Perceived Teaching Effectiveness (PTE). Information from student evaluations of teaching effectiveness (PTE) is used as one element in assessing instructional effectiveness, as well as, to help facilitate the reappointment, tenure and promotion process. Students in online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes can provide an official student evaluation of teaching effectiveness electronically. Students have access to complete their evaluations from any desktop computer or mobile device. Faculty, deans, department chairs, and reviewers can also access the Online PTE portal from any desktop computer or mobile device.

California Faculty Association

Per Article 15.15 of the California Faculty Association Collective Bargaining Agreement

"Written or electronic student questionnaire evaluations shall be required for all faculty unit employees who teach. All classes taught by each faculty unit employee shall have such student evaluations unless the President has approved a requirement to evaluate fewer classes after consideration of the recommendations of appropriate faculty committee(s). In cases where student evaluations are not required for all classes , classes chosen for evaluation shall be representative of the faculty unit employee's teaching assignment, and shall be jointly determined in consultation between the faculty unit employee being evaluated and his/her department chair. In the event of disagreement, each party  shall select 50% of the courses to be evaluated."

This article also states, “The results of these evaluations shall be placed in the faculty unit employee's Personnel Action File. Results of evaluations may be stored electronic format and incorporated by extension into the Personnel Action File provided that individuals involved in evaluations and personnel recommendations or decisions are provided secure access for these purposes.”


Presidential Memorandum 93-03:

Perceived Teaching Effectiveness Evaluations for Probationary Faculty

Full-time probationary (tenure-track) faculty are encouraged to administer PTE evaluations to all their classes. Probationary faculty must designate at least two courses per semester. The electronic PTE data collected shall be incorporated as part of the Working Personnel Action File (WPAF).

Tenured Faculty

All full-time non-probationary (tenured) faculty members select one (1) course each semester. The electronic PTE data collected shall be incorporated as part of the Working Personnel Action File (WPAF).

Non Tenure-Track Faculty

All full-time temporary faculty must select two (2) courses per semester. The electronic PTE data collected shall be incorporated as part of the Working Personnel Action File (WPAF).

All part-time temporary faculty DO NOT receive a PTE Selection Form. All courses taught shall be evaluated, according to Article 15.15 of the CSU/CFA Collective Bargaining Agreement. The electronic PTE data collected shall be incorporated as part of the Working Personnel Action File (WPAF).

PTE Data

The PTE instrument shall consist of a common set of closed-ended questions to be used by all faculty members. These questions shall address the criteria of teaching effectiveness.

Full-time faculty may add two (2) additional closed-ended and/or open ended questions.

Full-time faculty have an option to designate additional courses to be evaluated and mark the courses they do not wish to incorporate as part of their Working Personnel Action File (WPAF).


All full-time faculty members will select the course to be evaluated by completing the Online Perceived Teaching Effectiveness (PTE) Selection Form. Courses scheduled with an early end date will be processed on a case-by-case basis.

For accreditation purposes, the College may request to the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development for all courses to be evaluated. However, courses not selected by the faculty member to be evaluated and incorporated in the WPAF shall not be used for evaluation purposes.

The Online PTE Selection Form will be made available to the full-time faculty a few days after Student Census (consult the PTE schedule for that term) at

The Department Chair will be notified via email to review the faculty member PTE Selection Form (consult the PTE schedule for that term).

The PTE will open for student input within the last four (4) weeks of classes and email reminders will be sent (three (3) weeks before final examination week).

Students will be notified via email to their CSUDH email account that the PTE is available for each course in which the students are enrolled and that is being evaluated. Such notice will explain the purpose of the PTE and provide instructions on how to complete the evaluation via the links provided in the email communication or via MyCSUDH.

The end date for student input will be the last day of instruction. Students who have yet to complete a PTE will receive email reminders during the last three (3) weeks of classes.

Student evaluations of teaching effectiveness shall be anonymous (per CBA, Article 15.17).

Faculty will receive an email communication on the number of students in each of their course being evaluated that have participated in the PTE process. This provides an opportunity for the instructors to encourage their students to compete the PTE.

If an instructor chooses to use class time for students to complete the PTE the instructor is encouraged not to be in the room when students are completing the evaluation.

Reviewing PTE Reports

After the end of the semester and all grades have been submitted, instructors will receive (for each of their courses) the summarized results of the closed-ended questions, the complete verbatim responses to open-ended questions, and an aggregate summary of the closed-ended responses. 

Instructors may print their PTE result(s) for courses they taught only. Faculty are encouraged to keep a copy of their reports for their own records and/or for inclusion in the RTP evaluation process.

Access to individual instructor results at the department and college level shall be made available to authorized personnel through the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development.

PTE Contact Information

PTE Contact Information for Stateside Courses

If you should have any questions or need any technical assistance, please contact Ms. Ruby Martinez at (310) 243-3766 or via email at

PTE Contact Information for Extended Education Courses

Extended Education PTE's are administered by the College of Extended and International Education. If you should have any questions or need any technical assistance, please contact Jackie McKenzie at (310) 243-3741 or via email at