In the spring of 2010, the Educational Policy and Governance (EPAG) committee recommended to Provost Murray, and she accepted, a policy that all faculty (full-time and part-time) administer some form of written course evaluation in each class each semester. A substantial body of literature shows that completion of well-crafted questionnaires by students provides reliable and valid information for evaluating teaching.
In 2007 a committee of eight faculty recommended to EPAG the use of the Student Ratings of Instruction form produced by the IDEA Center at Kansas State University. The use of this form continues to be supported by the College. The Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching offers information sessions about using and interpreting the results of the IDEA survey. Please contact Joan Ostrove (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information regarding upcoming programming. Other institutional forms are also included here.
In addition to the IDEA survey, we have compiled a set of course evaluations that are used by Macalester faculty members, organized by division.
French Language Course Evaluation
French and Francophone Literature/Culture Course Evaluation
German 377 Course Evaluation
Japanese Language Course Evaluation
Japanese Culture (Non-Language) Course Evaluation
Russian 194 Course Evaluation
Environmental Studies 140 Course Evaluation
Environmental Studies 488 Course Evaluation
- Physical Sciences
Mathematics 153 Course Evaluation
Mathematics 478 Course Evaluation
Physics 440 Course Evaluation
- Social Sciences
Economics 394 Course Evaluation
Educational Studies Course Evaluation
Educational Studies 460 Course Evaluation
Psychology 252 Course Evaluation
Psychology 300 Course Evaluation
Sociology 190 Course Evaluation
Sociology 269 Course Evaluation
Sociology/International Studies 280 Course Evaluation
Sociology 294 Course Evaluation
If you have not used a course evaluation form previously or are looking for alternative ways of evaluating your course, the links below provide additional information about selecting, designing, and interpreting questionnaires.