GCU has significantly increased the role of its students in the
University's process of decision-making by providing them with an
opportunity for attending official meetings.
Representatives of various societies of the University will also be given
an opportunity to provide feedback on University's administrative and
According to Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi, Vice Chancellor of GCU, Students are
our main stakeholders in the University's affairs. It is unfortunate we do
not involve them enough in decision-making. Students presence in official
meetings not only gives us their perspectives on the policies but it also
builds their capacity as future leaders of our country.
Another element of this student-centric approach is that the University
adopts a policy of taking course and teaching feedback from the students
three times in a semester. Prof Zaidi said, now students will help the
University to improve the quality of learning. Their feedback will provide
the course instructors, and academic and administrative management with
insights into the teaching and learning outcomes, and methods of imparting
knowledge. This exercise guarantees our students the best possible learning
environment at GCU.
Prof Asghar Zaidi goes on to say, The early course feedback will help us
to know whether students have received course material and understood the
policies related to rubrics, assessment and plagiarism.
The mid-semester review is beneficial to both students and the faculty. It
will help the faculty to review their teaching and student engagement
strategies. Our students will feel more empowered to help design their own
learning processes. Recent research shows, due to mid-semester evaluation,
learning processes markedly improve during the semester, said Prof Zaidi.
The end-semester feedback at the end helps the University to make informed
decisions about the offering of a course and performance of a teacher.