Course and Instructor Evaluations
The Spring 2013 Course and Instructor Evaluations process begins soon. The online evaluation process will run for six weeks, beginning on Monday, April 8, 2013 and continuing thru Friday, May 17, 2013. You will need to log into your ESTHER account to complete your evaluations. Please note that the evaluation process is always confidential and we encourage every Rice Owl to participate and participate early. Your input counts!
The Spring 2013 evaluation prize giveaway page
Respond to Evaluation Narratives
Evaluation Response Rates
Beginning with the Spring 2006 semester, the evaluation process went from being paper-based to online via ESTHER . Student evaluators were able to complete their evaluations privately and at times of their convenience. Initially response rates dipped, but since Spring 2007 student response rates have been and remain high.
We believe the following factors have contributed to the high response rates since Spring 2007:
- Questionnaire redesign made responding less tedious
- Students now having the ability to view their peers' comments
- Prize giveaways that have generated interest
- Evaluation period extended to a total of six (6) weeks
- Students prompted to complete course and instructor evaluations before viewing final grades
Course and instructor evaluation summaries for the following terms are posted as Excel spreadsheets:
Spring 2007 to Present
Beginning with the Spring 2007 semester, Course and Instructor Evaluation results are available to students and instructors via ESTHER. For information about viewing graphs and narratives, see the Viewing Narratives and Graphs in ESTHER page.
Prior to Spring 2007
The Faculty Information System (FIS) is used for semesters prior to Spring 2007 and contains both the numerical graphs and the narratives. Course and Instructor Evaluation data in the FIS dates back to Fall 2003. The evaluation results gathered between Fall 2003 and Fall 2005 were handwritten and manually scanned into the online system (FIS). Instructors and staff can access evaluation results via the Faculty Information System (FIS) using your Net-ID and Password.
If you have problems using FIS due to your internet browser (Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.), please contact the IT Helpdesk.
When viewing scanned data, please note cross-listed course evaluations have been combined and will appear under each course listing. For example, if ANTH 200 (enrollment 2; group enrollment 25) is cross-listed with LING 200 (enrollment 23; group enrollment 25) with a total of 21 course evaluations received, the 21 course evaluations will post under both ANTH 200 and LING 200.
Should they desire to do so, the course instructor can submit a "response" to evaluation narratives in ESTHER. For information about responding to evaluation narratives, see the Responding to Evaluation Narratives in ESTHER page.
If you have course and instructor evaluation questions, please contact John Martinez, Catalog and Scheduling Assistant.