Note that the decisions, made in consultation with faculty, may be entirely subjective. Nevertheless, because this value system will remain constant for all faculty members whose teaching is being evaluated, the subjectivity will be controlled, thus guaranteeing the consistency and comparability of outcomes.
Lengthy discussions and vigorous debate may be necessary for faculty to come to agreement on these parameters. However, agreement is necessary for faculty to feel confident that the evaluation system reflects and respects their conception of excellence in teaching as well as their values and priorities in evaluating teaching. Once the tasks listed in this section have been completed, the process can move to the next stage—determining how to measure the performance elements of teaching and how to combine these measures into an overall evaluation of teaching.