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Course Evaluation – Faculty FAQ

Course Evaluation – Faculty FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions about Campus Labs Course Evaluation System and Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI)

How do I access results?

  • You may access online evaluation results by following this link to the Campus Labs site and logging in with your Life U username and password.

How do I access results from previous quarters?

  • You may view results from previous quarters by setting the “Term” to a different quarter in the dropdown box.

When are results available?

  • University policy prohibits anyone from seeing evaluation results until grades have been submitted and finalized through Colleague. Evaluation results are generally available at 8 a.m. on Wednesday of Week 0.
  • If you were evaluated for a course that ended early in the quarter, you will need to wait until after all quarter grades have been submitted to view results.

How am I notified about my results?

  • You will receive an automated email with a link to the evaluation site once results have been released for the current quarter.

Who has access to the evaluation results?

  • Each instructor who was evaluated has access to responses for all questions concerning individual instructors and the course in which they were evaluated. Senior administration and Department/program heads also have access to results for all courses and instructors in the home department.
  • Departments may grant access for results of select course evaluations to other individuals, at the approval of the department/program head.

When Do Evaluations Run?

  • The evaluations run for all courses during weeks 8,9,10 and 11 on the academic calendar.
  • Evaluations begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday of the 8th week and end at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday of week 11.

How do I know whether students are responding?

  • Real-time response rate updates are available at the course evaluation website. There you can find the number of students who have submitted responses out of the expected total of students enrolled.

Can I see which students have completed evaluations?

  • Names of individual students who have completed evaluations are not released to instructors
  • Students can self-report, by visiting the evaluation site and printing out the “Completed Surveys” page or saving it as an .html document and emailing it to the instructor.

Why are there no comments on my evaluations?

  • The typed comments section is not required for students who complete an evaluation. It is possible no students provided typed feedback. If no students left comments, the typed comments section will not be listed on the evaluation report.

Can I see how an individual commenter responded to the Likert-scale questions?

  • In an effort to protect student confidentiality, links between written comments and quantitative responses have been removed from the Course Evaluation site.
  • Instructors may request an Excel output for an individual course where written comments are linked to quantitative responses by emailing the course and section number, instructor name and quarter to

Why wasn’t my course evaluated?

  • Your course may have an enrollment below 5 students, which is the threshold for statistically reliable results.

Response rates improve when:

  • Students know that their responses are important and will be used
  • Evaluations are administered the week prior to the last week of teaching
  • Someone other than the faculty member administers the evaluation
  • Students are assured and receive confidentiality/anonymity
  • Administrative guidelines are clear and consistent

Additional information on Administration Guidelines

  • Share with students the significance of their participation and how the information will be used. Demonstrate to students how feedback is used (e.g., share in syllabus an example of how student evaluation helped to improve the course (Chen & Hoshower, 2003; Svinicki, 2001).
  • Remind students that faculty will not see evaluation results until after final grades are submitted (Cashin, 1999).

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