About Tokyo Tech

Evaluation Policy

January 5, 2007
Evaluation Office

Evaluation Policy of National University Corporation Tokyo Institute of Technology

Introduction

The mission of the National University Corporation Tokyo Institute of Technology (below, Tokyo Tech) is to leverage education and research to inherit knowledge and create new knowledge, develop excellent human resources capable of becoming the leaders of the next generation, and make an increasing contribution to the development of society and mankind. Tokyo Tech positions evaluation as an important process that will help us to achieve our mission.
Through evaluations, Tokyo Tech will strive to communicate with all stakeholders in and outside the university including students, teachers, graduates, and the public, and will utilize evaluations as a tool to deepen stakeholders' understanding of Tokyo Tech and enable them to share in our mission and our aspiration to create a brighter future.
No absolute evaluation has ever existed. Tokyo Tech believes that evaluation itself can evolve, regardless of how people and society may change or the changes wrought by time, if the individuals who evaluate and those who are evaluated build and maintain a good co-creative relationship. This policy is established in the recognition that it is of greatest importance for Tokyo Tech and all of its stakeholders in and outside the university to have a common understanding of and share this spirit of evaluation.

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Objective

The objective of evaluation is to enable Tokyo Tech to achieve its mission by gaining an accurate understanding of the present condition of its education and research activities in the continued aim to evolve to higher levels, while clearly defining Tokyo Tech's distinctive characteristics and what makes it unique.
Tokyo Tech proactively undertakes internal and external evaluations and leverages deep insight of evaluation results to promote strategic development in the aim for continual innovation and improvement. The evaluation system must be constantly re-examined so that it will continue to be an invaluable tool for assuring and improving the quality of education and research activities, and one that is able to facilitate discovery and recognition of Tokyo Tech's competitive ability in the international community as well as its latent potential. This approach to the evaluation process aims to improve activities undertaken by the university's organizations, instructors, and staff members and also promotes coordination and cooperation between organizations to ultimately advance the university as a whole.
Also, by making the results of evaluation of Tokyo Tech widely known to the general public, our stakeholders in and outside the university are able to share this information and build a co-creative relationship as we work together toward the achievement of the university's mission.

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Basic Policy

Evaluation that respects individuality and diversity

In order for Tokyo Tech to achieve its mission, it is essential to conduct multifaceted evaluations that respect the ideas and incentive of each organization and each instructor and staff member in the university. For this reason, we will introduce evaluation methods that are appropriate for evaluating challenging education and research initiatives and research activities that require long periods of time to produce results. Further, the specific purposes of each organization, although they are all based on the shared objectives of the whole university, nevertheless vary from organization to organization. Tokyo Tech aims to develop evaluation methods that take this diversity into consideration.

Evaluation based on mutual confidence

Evaluations conducted by Tokyo Tech actively recognize the positive side of each of the organizations, instructors, and staff members in the university on the premise that each instructor and staff member is thoroughly competent and endowed with the talents and abilities required for the work performed. Evaluations are conducted based on mutual trust between evaluators and those who are evaluated, and full consideration is given to conducting evaluations in a manner that prevents them from generating unproductive bargaining and strategic manipulation.

Objective, multifaceted evaluation

Evaluations are implemented on the premise that each of the organizations, instructors, and staff members in the university conducts self-assessments and evaluations that are of an objective nature, and the objectivity and validity of the results of self assessments and evaluations are confirmed by undergoing evaluations made from different perspectives by external organizations, third parties, and students.

Evaluation based on evidence

It is necessary to ensure the transparency and fairness of evaluations by basing evaluations on evidential documents and data and by disclosing not only evaluation results but also evaluation processes. Evaluations basically place importance on the functioning of education and research activities measured by quantitative and empirical evidence. However, Tokyo Tech also proactively incorporates qualitative evaluations.

An evolving evaluation system

In order to improve the reliability of the evaluation system itself and conduct evaluations of increasing appropriateness and effectiveness, Tokyo Tech will continue to conduct meta-evaluations to verify evaluation system frameworks and processes in moving toward the achievement of a flexible system that enables appropriate responses to a wide variety of evaluations.