Why do we evaluate courses?Student feedback is a valuable resource for instructors and the university. Instructors use this feedback to make improvements to their teaching practice so that they can create better learning environments for students. The Course Evaluations is an opportunity to influence teaching and learning at the Catholic University of America. Feedback is also reviewed by Deans and Department Chairs and contribute to decisions concerning faculty and courses.
What are the advantages of evaluating courses electronically, and how are the results used?
Evaluating courses online is fast, easy, convenient, secure, confidential, and, above all, important! Course evaluation results are used by faculty to improve teaching, and they are a significant component in the promotion and tenure process.
What is the preparation process of course evaluations?
The preparation of course evaluations starts around mid-term. In the beginning of each evaluation cycle, Institutional Research and Assessment Office sends the preliminary course lists to each school and department for their verification and modification. Administrative assistants are asked to review the list, make changes if necessary after checking with the faculty members and return the updated list before the deadline.
When will the online course evaluations be administered?
Online course evaluations will be administered two weeks before the final day of class and will close two days after the final day of class. This gives students more than two weeks to complete their evaluations.
How will students be notified when it is time to complete the evaluations?
Students will receive an email announcement two weeks before the final day of class. Subsequent reminders will be sent to students who have not completed all their evaluations.
Will students’ responses be confidential?
Yes. Students’ responses are confidential. No identifying information will be reflected in the reports.
How will this affect the students’ grades?
The feedback will have no impact on students’ grade whatsoever. Instructors do not get to view any of the results until after final grades are submitted and they cannot associate the responses with the students.
Why don’t the students see their courses?
Courses are not evaluated if they meet any of the following conditions:
- The school/department did not request an evaluation of the course.
- Courses with fewer than five graded students registered (student anonymity can’t be assured in those courses).
Note: The Columbus School of Law courses are NOT evaluated with this system.
What if the course has more than one instructor?
The students will evaluate all instructors in separated instructor sections and comment sections.
What can instructors do to improve the response rates?
The course evaluations can be conducted in class. Instructors may ask students to bring in their own devices to complete the online course evaluations during the time of their choice (i.e. last 20 minutes of the last class). The instructors are able to check their live response rates from the online course evaluation dashboard while evaluations are open and the final response rates after they are closed.
Can I view the results of the course evaluations?
The final reports (excluding comments) that show the school and department comparison will be generated and posted on the Course Evaluation website five weeks after the general survey is closed. For details, please check the updates from CUA Course Evaluation website.
How can instructors view the comments?
The online individual course evaluation reports (with comments) will be generated one week after the general course evaluation survey close. The individual reports with comments will be distributed to their departments/schools.
My question wasn’t answered; where else can I go for help?If you encounter any problems or need help getting into the system, please contact Institutional Research and Assessment staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.