New End-of-Course Evaluations to Launch this Fall

The new end-of-course evaluation system opened today and will remain open through December 2.

The year’s new survey includes 14 core questions—eight to be answered with a 5-to-1 ranking, two open-ended, and four multiple-choice questions. Short lists of additional questions will automatically be added for online courses, labs, courses with a teaching assistant or peer mentor, and courses with a discussion or recitation component.

The transition from the old Student Assessment of Instruction Survey (SAIS) system to the new system began two years ago when a task force of faculty, staff, and students recommended building a simpler survey to replace SAIS. Last spring, in a test run, the new system was used by about 300 faculty members and about 5,000 students. Based on the results of that pilot, adjustments were made to prepare for this fall’s rollout of the new system.