November 22, 2016

Course evaluations go public for campus

At the end of every semester the university reminds students to fill out course evaluations via email. Course evaluations have always been private in the past, but will now become public for Cleveland State University students and faculty.

Course evaluations are available for students and faculty to see this semester. Last year faculty approved the publication of course evaluations, according to Nigamanth Sridhar, President of the university’s Faculty Senate and professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

“Last year the faculty senate passed a policy that would make the results of student evaluations available for anybody to look up on our database,” Sridhar said.

Making course evaluations public has always been a part of a three-year plan.

“Three years ago we started looking at the actual instrument, the questions that students fill out as part of course evaluations and standardized that set of questions for across the campus,” Sridhar said. “Before that, different colleges had different forms and things like that. So that was standardized three years ago, and two years ago the university purchased a software system called blue and that is what were now using.”

For course evaluation responses to be made public they must meet two requirements.

“For course evaluations to be public they must have five or more responses and a 30 percent or higher response rate, if there’s a course and only two people out of 30 students respond to the evaluation that survey that won’t be published,” Sridhar said.

All responses are not published on the website, written responses are given to instructors to look over, according to Sridhar.

Public course evaluations can be accessed through will be able to look up either spring semester of last year or the fall semester of last year by course or by instructor, and look up what the evaluations scores were.

It is only available to people who have CSU credentials, either students or faculty.

Sridhar said he hopes students use the data to help them make decisions about courses.

“We hope students go and look at evaluation data and use that to decide who they take classes from and what to expect from the courses,” Sridhar said.


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