Course Evaluations

At FSU, student feedback matters. Faculty and administrators rely on feedback to improve courses, programs, and teaching methods. The Office of Distance Learning (ODL) administers course evaluations in accordance with Faculty Senate course evaluation policy and provides online access to survey results.  

Due to COVID-19, all course evaluations for the 2020-2021 academic year will be conducted online. Read More

Survey Instrument

FSU uses the Student Perception of Courses and Instructors (SPCI) survey instrument to evaluate courses and instructors. If they opt to complete the evaluations, students rate the course and the instructor on a number of predefined scales and provide additional feedback in free-response questions.

FSU requires evaluations for faculty, adjuncts, and graduate assistants who teach 1) undergraduate courses with 10 or more students in fall and spring terms or 2) graduate courses with 5 or more students in fall and spring terms.

Survey Format & Frequency

ODL administers the SPCI each semester either electronically (the default method) or via paper survey on special request by a department or instructor. (Please note that, due to the unique circumstances of COVID-19, we are unable to administer paper surveys at this time.)  When the evaluation window opens, ODL notifies students, and reminder notifications appear in Canvas until students complete the course survey or opt out.

Access to Data

Public access to course evaluations is available via the public reporting portal.* The public portal provides quantitative summary reports of all evaluated courses but does not include responses for the free-response section. Free-response comments are viewable only by the instructor via a unique login (see How to View Survey Results for more information).

Due to the impact of COVID-19, data for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 are not included in the public reporting portal. Please e-mail us at testing@campus.fsu.edu if you would like to make a public records request for information about a course offered during that time frame. Be sure to include the course number, section number, and instructor name in your request. 

Student Anonymity

We protect the anonymity of students in every course evaluation survey submitted. FSU contracts with an outside vendor, EvaluationKIT, to manage and store evaluation data. Instructors do not have access to which students responded. FSU technology administrators do not have access to a student’s identifying data on any evaluation.

Customizing the Survey

During a pre-defined window, instructors are free to customize the electronic version of the SPCI by adding questions specific to their course. (If you’re an instructor adding custom questions, you’re the only one who can view responses for those questions.) Course evaluation coordinators may also add custom questions on behalf of their college or department.

Refer to the timeline below for the available window. (We’ll also notify you via email when each window opens and closes.) See How to Add Custom Questions for more information.

Course Evaluation Timeline

Though dates vary from semester to semester, the course evaluation timeline always includes predetermined windows for making sure courses are current in the registrar’s master course schedule and custom questions are added (if desired). We notify instructors and departments by email as deadlines approach.

Date Milestone
October 12 Administrative window opens (time to verify course information and add custom questions.)
November 20 Evaluation window opens (students begin evaluating courses and instructors)
December 4 Evaluation window closes (last day to administer evaluations)
December 18 Reports released

 


*Course evaluation reports administered prior to the Fall 2013 term are archived in a separate online course evaluation archive. Evaluations predating the online archive can be found in the paper archives at Strozier Library on the main campus.

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