Queens College routinely conducts course evaluations, using a questionnaire that was designed by the Teaching Excellence and Evaluation Committee of the Academic Senate. Data from these evaluations serve a number of important functions:
They can be used by instructors to assess the impact of their teaching and course materials on their students. The prose comments provided by students are particularly helpful in this respect.
They can be used by students to make decisions about what courses to take in an upcoming semester.
They can be part of the supporting materials put together by faculty for purposes of reappointment, tenure, and promotion
Evaluations are open for the last four weeks of the semester. Announcements are sent via QCMailer to both students and faculty. To provide feedback on their courses and their professors, students login at:
Response rates will be higher (and therefore more reliable) if faculty actively encourage students to participate, by citing the reasons this procedure is in place. To encourage participation, you might:
Point out that the information students provide via these evaluations will help future students considering taking your class make informed decisions. As far as we can tell, the Queens College Course Information System website is an underused but very valuable resource. It will get more use if students know it exists and understand how to interpret the information it contains.
Describe the value of students' written comments, and discuss whether evaluations by students in earlier semesters have helped to improve your own courses.
Talk with your students about the role that course and faculty evaluations play in reappointment, tenure, and promotion decisions.
Where do the completed responses go?
Scalar Response Questions. Summary data for previous semesters' completed evaluations can be accessed from the Queens College Course Information System:
Written Response Questions. At this time, comments on courses from previous semesters are only viewable by the faculty who taught those courses:
To log in, use your Queens College ID and password and be sure to select "Faculty" from the pull-down menu. (This user ID is the one you use to submit grades and to login to computers on campus; if you don't have an QC ID account, you can set one up at the Queens College Account Management System website, https://cams.qc.cuny.edu.)
To incorporate student comments into the teaching section of supporting materials used for tenure and promotion ("The Box"), faculty may print comments or save them electronically.
Read more about teaching evaluations
How to read a student evaluation, October 30, 2011, The Chronicle of Higher Education [ http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Read-a-Student/129553/ ]
This article offers good advice on how to interpret comments and quantitative data from evaluations.
From the Archives: on evaluations, November 14, 2011, ProfHacker blog, The Chronicle of Higher Education [ http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/from-the-archives-on-evaluations/37257 ]
This blog post includes links to previous posts in ProfHacker which discuss mid-semester self-evaluations, when and how to administer final evaluations, and how to benefit from student responses.
- This post describes ways faculty can conduct their own supplementary teaching evaluations, in the middle of the semester, at a time when the student feedback can influence how the rest of the semester transpires.
If you have questions
For technical support with the online reporting websites, please contact the Help Desk.
The Teaching Excellence and Evaluation Committee and the Center for Teaching and Learning are available for other queries related to course/faculty evaluations.