Course Evaluations - Departments

Historical Data

Historical evaluation data from the previous CoursEval system, 2008 to Summer 2020, is available through Instructional Data Processing.  Instructors can request evaluation data by emailing

Submission Process

During weeks 0, 2, and 4 your department will receive a template from IDP which includes all courses as they are set up in Banner. From this template, the department/program head or the department evaluation coordinator will create a request form that will include all courses to be evaluated. All requests for evaluation must be submitted to IDP by the coordinator. If your course was not evaluated, it is possible that an evaluation was not requested by your department. 

Schedule and Responses

There are four standard evaluation periods, during weeks 4 & 5, weeks 7 & 8, weeks 9 & 10, and weeks 14 & 15 in the academic calendar. Evaluations begin at 9:00AM thirteen days prior to the course’s end date, as recorded in Banner, and closes at 11:59 PM on the course’s end date.  Contact your department evaluation coordinator for details. Instructors receive automated emails notifying them of the response rate for their courses. Real-time response rate updates are also available at the course evaluation website. It includes the number of students who have submitted responses out of the expected total of students enrolled. Names of students who have completed evaluations are not released to instructors.

The typed comments section is not required for students who complete an evaluation.  It is possible no students provided typed feedback.

End of Course Evaluation Questions

Common Questions. All evaluations will have ten common questions:

  1. The class activities are well prepared and organized.
  2. The assignments aid me in achieving the class objectives.
  3. The projects or laboratories aid me in achieving the class objectives [where relevant]
  4. The examinations aid me in achieving the class objectives. [where relevant]
  5. The instructor clearly explains material so that I can understand it.
  6. The instructor is open to my questions and effectively answers them.
  7. The instructor seems to care that I learned this material.
  8. The instructor willingly makes time to help other students and me.
  9. The instructor is fair and consistent in evaluating my performance in the course.
  10. The instructor created a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment.

 Question set responses:

1 = strongly disagree; 2 = disagree; 3 = neither agree nor disagree; 4 = agree; 5 = strongly agree

Optional questions. Five (5) optional questions may be added at the request of the department/instructor. While units are encouraged to consider these optional questions, and possibly others of their own design, no more than a total of fifteen (15) questions should be used on end of the academic year student evaluation.   Additional questions may also be chosen from the more than 600 questions available in the PICES catalog.

    647. I feel that my instructor provides me choices and options.
    648. I feel understood by my instructor. 
    649. My instructor conveyed confidence in my ability to do well in the course.  
    650. My instructor encouraged me to ask questions.
    651. My instructor listens to how I would like to do things.  
    652. My instructor tries to understand how I see things before suggesting a new way to do things.  
    653. The instructor challenged me to do my best work.  
    654. I understand what is expected of me in this course.
    655. The text for this course is helpful to me in learning the course material.
    656. The course web page is organized to promote my success in this course.
    657. The instructor returned assignments in a timely manner.  

 Question set responses:

1 = strongly disagree; 2 = disagree; 3 = neither agree nor disagree; 4 = agree; 5 = strongly agree

Open-ended questions. All evaluations will have two (2) open-ended questions:

  1. We welcome your comments below. What is something/are some things that the instructor does well, e.g., something you hope the instructor will continue to do in the class in the future?
  2. Make a suggestion(s) for improving the course (a criticism alone is not helpful; tell your instructor how you would fix any problem).

In summary, the question total includes four (4) demographic questions, two (2) open-ended prompts, ten (10) common questions plus five (5) optional.

Midterm Evaluations

Beginning fall 2020, midterm evaluations are available and designed to help instructors access and improve their course delivery.  Please see Midterm Guidelines for details.

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