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.

All course evaluations are 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 Canvas course management system, which provides easy access for both instructors and students.

Note: Spring 2017 course evaluation reports are now available. See the Reports page for more details to access reports.

Minimester 2017 Course Evaluation Schedule:

  • Friday, May 5 - Deadline for requesting required evaluations
  • Friday, May 12 - Deadline for requesting voluntary evaluations
  • Friday, May 19 - Minimester 2017 course evaluations open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 26 - Minimester 2017 course evaluations close at 8:00 a.m.
  • Friday, August 11 - Minimester 2017 course evaluation reports available by 9:00 a.m.

Summer I 2017 Course Evaluation Schedule:

  • Friday, June 9 - Deadline for requesting required evaluations
  • Friday, June 16 - Deadline for requesting voluntary evaluations
  • Friday, June 23 - Science Lab evaluations open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 23 - Summer I 2017 course evaluations open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, July 3 - Science Lab evaluations close at 8:00 a.m.
  • Monday, July 3 - Summer I 2017 course evaluations close at 8:00 a.m.
  • Friday, August 11 - Summer I 2017 course evaluation reports available by 9:00 a.m.

Summer II/Full Summer 2017 Course Evaluation Schedule:

  • Friday, July 14 - Deadline for requesting required evaluations
  • Friday, July 21 - Deadline for requesting voluntary evaluations
  • Thursday, July 27 - Science Lab evaluations open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 27 - Summer II/Full Summer 2017 course evaluations open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 8 - Science Lab evaluations close at 8:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 8 - Summer II/Full Summer 2017 course evaluations close at 8:00 a.m.
  • Friday, August 11 - Summer II/Full Summer 2017 course evaluation reports available by 9:00 a.m.