Last fall, the university converted the way students evaluate their instructors to a completely web-based, online system. This semester’s evaluation period opens this afternoon and runs through April 30. “The results in the fall were a good sign of progress,” Provost Susan Martin said. “The previous, all-paper system response rate was higher, so there’s room for improvement. But we’re certainly headed in the right direction.”
In just a couple of weeks, students will be asked to evaluate their instructors for the spring semester. The online spring evaluation period runs April 9 through April 30. Fall 2011 marked the first time that all instructor evaluations were delivered to students electronically through the online Student Assessment Instruction System, and the final response rate was slightly above 50 percent. The online process saves 1.25 tons of paper, countless man-hours, and about $30,000 each year.