What one university learned after 15 years moving evaluations online
Student evaluations of courses and the faculty that teach them are an important aspect of quality control at colleges and universities.
How a course is taught, whether it will we be taught again, and even if the instructor teaching it will have a job next year can rely on what students say on these short surveys — questionnaires that are often hurriedly filled out at the end of a class, usually with finals week or a school break looming.
Not surprisingly, many faculty and administrators aren’t huge fans of the results. But one university has spent the last 15 years trying to improve the system, and in the process has taken its course evaluations online.
(Next page: What took so long?)