4.07-16 End-of-Term Course Evaluations

Students must be given the opportunity to complete an end-of-term course evaluation.

Common Course Evaluations and Use of Common Scale

Instructors will include the following items in their end-of-term course evaluations and use a common scale:

1.  Was this course required for your degree?
(1) No, not required (2) Yes, required
2.  On average, how many hours per week did you devote to this course outside of class?
(1) 0-1 hours (2) 2-3 hours (3) 4-5 hours (4) 6-7 hours (5) 8 hours or more
3.  Assignments and activities were useful for helping me learn.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
1 2 3 4 5
4.  This course challenged me to think and learn.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
1 2 3 4 5

Procedure

  • Instructors may include additional items designed to measure teaching effectiveness in their disciplines.
  • All items will use a common scale from 1 to 5, 5 being highest.
  • Items on the questionnaire should be positive statements.

Rationale

One of the Task Force for General Education and Student Learning recommendations (II.2.4) was to establish an online course evaluation system and a uniform set of questions for all University undergraduate courses. The Task Force expressed concern over the lack of uniformity among different departments’end-of-course evaluations and the lack of questions on academic rigor.  Establishing comprehensive and uniform end-of-course evaluations, but allowing for course-specific questions, will provide an effective tool to assess undergraduate courses and the degree of academic rigor.

Results of the End-of-Term Course Evaluations

Recommendation:
During the one-year trial period the numerical results for the common questions in end-of-term course evaluations will not be published online.  Course evaluation comments will not be published online.

Procedure:
An online process will be developed to facilitate collection of the common questions.  The results will be available internally for initial assessment. Results will be available for individual courses but not for individual faculty. After results have been compiled for two semesters, the results will be available to UCC for evaluation and consideration. The UCC will determine how to proceed and whether or not to publish numerical results for the common questions.

Rationale:
The University would like a measure of rigor for all courses and to be able to compare results from the course evaluations with the NSSE results. Students want to be able to see the common course evaluation results.

Sources:
  • University Council Curriculum Committee, February 10, 2010