Course Evaluations

The Office of Institutional Research and Testing is responsible for conducting course evaluations each summer, fall, and spring term.

Note: IRT does not specify who will be evaluated or when, or determine the questions on the survey form. See the Policies & Procedures page for more details.

Course evaluation results are used by instructors to improve teaching. In addition, they are a significant component of the performance review process, which includes reviews for tenure and promotion. 
  • Instructors use feedback from course evaluations to improve their teaching and the overall experience of a course. 
  • Department chairs use feedback from course evaluations to help instructors improve their teaching and make changes to the course and/or program that is being delivered.
  • In many cases, course evaluations provide the only opportunity for students to provide feedback to instructors on how courses might be improved.

As of Fall 2013, all course evaluations will be administered electronically. The University utilizes a web-based student end-of-course evaluation system, which is hosted by an off-site vendor known as EvaluationKIT. EvaluationKIT uses a secure server that ensures the security of all data. The electronic course evaluation system is easy, convenient, secure, and confidential. EvaluationKIT is integrated into the University’s BlackBoard and Canvas course management systems, which provides easy access for both instructors and students.

Note: Summer 2015 course evaluation reports are now available. Fall 2015 course evaluation reports will be available Friday, December 18 by 9am. See the Training page for more details to access reports.

Fall 2015 Electronic Course Evaluations:

  • Tuesday, September 15 - Deadline for requesting early evaluations and Early Request Form
  • Thursday, October 1 - Deadline for Comparison Group
  • Monday, October 12:
    • Deadline for requesting required evaluations
    • Deadline for Science Labs
    • Deadline for Special Need Request Form
  • Friday, October 23 - Deadline for requesting voluntary evaluations
  • Monday, November 16 - Fall Course evaluations open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 10 - Fall Course evaluations close at 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, December 18 - Fall Course evaluation reports available by 9:00 a.m.