The Catholic University of America

Course Evaluations

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why do we evaluate courses?

What are the advantages of evaluating courses electronically, and how are the results used?

Can I view the results of course evaluations?

Will students’ responses be confidential?

How will this affect the students’ grades?

When will the online course evaluations be administered?

How will students be notified when it is time to complete the evaluations?

Why don’t the students see their courses?

What if the course has two instructors?

How can instructors view the comments?

My question wasn’t answered; where else can I go for help?

 

 

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, anonymous, 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.

 

Can I view the results of course evaluations?

Faculty, students and all other CUA users can view the quantitative course evaluation results through the Course Evaluations link.

 

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 not associate the responses with the students.

 

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 one week after the final day of class. This gives students three 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.

 

Why don’t the students see their courses?

Courses are not evaluated if they meet any of the following conditions:

      1.  The school/department did not request an evaluation of the course.

      2.  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.

Wiley/Deltak courses from the School of Nursing are NOT evaluated with this system.

 

What if the course has two instructors?

The students will evaluate both instructors in separated instructor sections and comment sections.

 

How can instructors view the comments?

The paper packets will be returned to each school at the end of the course evaluations process. The courses conducted online will have individual reports with comments which will be distributed to their department/school.

 

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 courseevaluations@cua.edu