Course Evaluations

Course evaluations at St. Olaf College are administered by individual course instructors for the purpose of improving course content and instructional practice.  All faculty members are strongly encouraged to gather course evaluation data on a regular basis to promote their continued development as teachers and mentors. In addition, course evaluation results are submitted to department chairs for the purposes of post-tenure review and teaching performance for term and Teaching Specialist appointments. Faculty members should discuss with their department chair(s) specifically what their requirements may be.

Course evaluation policies and procedures
Information concerning course evaluation purposes, content, and administration, including information about the relationship between course evaluations and faculty performance reviews

Developing questions and assuring students of confidentiality
Guidelines for developing valid and reliable questions, and sample information for students explaining the purposes and confidential nature of course evaluations

Bias in course evaluations
Research and articles concerning gender and racial biases in course evaluations

Course evaluation forms
Links to printable copies of the St. Olaf Course Evaluation Form and several department-specific forms

Administering on-line course evaluations
Guidelines for administering on-line course evaluations, available as a Google Forms template

Administering course evaluations on paper
Guidelines for administering in-class evaluations using paper forms