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Course Evaluations

Course Evaluation Calendar - Fall 2013

Course Evaluation Calendar - Spring 2014

What are course evaluations?

classroomCourse evaluations are surveys of student opinions of the instructor and the course and are intended to help faculty members improve their teaching.

How are the course evaluations used?

Course evaluations are an important source of information as individual faculty members assess their teaching effectiveness. They are also used in annual reviews for reappointment and merit increases.

What courses will be evaluated?

Course evaluations are created for every course except student teaching, internship programs, field experiences, and independent study courses. Instructors are evaluated regardless of tenure status.

When are courses evaluated?

Course evaluations are conducted at the end of each regular class, including 5-week, Bi-term, and semester long classes. Semester courses are evaluated during the two weeks prior to semester finals week. Summer course evaluations are required by most colleges and must use the online administration method.

How will the course be evaluated?

The majority of course evaluations are administered online (invitations to evaluate the class will be sent to the students' mail.usi.edu email account). Certain departments are allowed to administer paper course evaluations with permission of the Dean.  Blackboard Integration is available for online courses. The course evaluation appears under Campus Services tab on the student's Blackboard homepage.

Will instructors know an individual student's evaluation scoring?

Security and anonymity of student responses is of utmost importance. Individual evaluation forms are not given to faculty members. Instead, a faculty member receives a statistical summary of the course evaluations after final grades have been submitted. This report is sent to the faculty member's USI issued employee email address.