Student Evaluation of Instruction is one of the University's most important means of improving the quality of instruction at the University. The results have a direct impact on faculty, on teaching and on students: faculty members themselves read and care about student evaluations; they are taken seriously; and they improve teaching over time. Evaluations are also read carefully by deans and department heads, who routinely consider them in their yearly merit evaluation of faculty members, as well as their tenure and promotion decisions.
SEI Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are course evaluations important?
Course evaluations are important tools for both faculty and their departments. As faculty read the evaluations of their courses, they gain a better understanding of how well they are meeting the learning needs of students. Deans and departments use course evaluations when they review instructors’ teaching effectiveness.
2. Are the surveys anonymous?
Yes, surveys are anonymous. The course evaluation system will log that you have submitted your survey so that you will not continue to receive reminder emails. Student responses are stored separately from this information and cannot be associated with student names or CLIDs. Instructors will only see aggregated results and will never see any student identifiers.
3. When will online evaluations be available for students to complete?
Evaluations are typically open for a two week period beginning two weeks before final exams. Students will receive an email containing a link to access their course survey. The student can either click on the link provided in the email they receive or access from their Moodle Homepage (located on the right column under “Evaluations”, right below "My Courses") Please see SEI Schedule for the dates surveys will be available.
4. Why are course evaluations not open after finals?
Course evaluations are typically open two weeks before finals began. Administration believes this gives students ample time to develop impressions about instruction, course pacing, and assignments This timing protects instructors from students who may be unduly influenced by the final exam and their final grade. Students are protected because course evaluation results are not released to instructors until after final grades are submitted.
5. Does anyone really look at what students write?
YES! Student feedback can lead faculty to revise teaching methods, change textbooks, revise assignments and make other changes that enhance student learning. Deans and Department Heads review the feedback and use the information as a measure of teaching that contribute to courses instructors teach, faculty promotions, and many department changes.