University of Southern Indiana

Course Perception Surveys (Course Evaluations)

Course Perception Surveys (CPS) are surveys of student opinions of their instructors and courses which are intended to help faculty members improve their teaching.

Beginning Fall 2019, all Course Perception Surveys are administered through Qualtrics. For a demo of the current Course Perception Surveys click here. This course survey to students was formerly known as the Student Evaluations of Teaching (SET) or Course Evaluation. The name change was recommended by Faculty Senate in April 2019, and the current survey questions were endorsed by Faculty Senate in June 2018.

How are Course Perception Surveys used?

Course Perception Surveys are an important source of information as individual faculty members assess their teaching effectiveness. They also may be considered as a part of the evidence reviewed in reappointment, promotion, and tenure portfolios.

What courses will receive Course Perception Surveys? 

Course Perception Surveys are created for every course except student teaching, internship programs, field experiences, and independent study courses. Instructors are evaluated regardless of tenure status. All instructors will receive an email in the beginning of the semester including a list of their courses which will receive Course Perception Surveys for that semester.

When do Course Perception Surveys occur?

All Course Perception Surveys must be completed before the end of the course and will end at 12:00 pm (midnight) on the end date listed on the Calendar. Course Perception Surveys are conducted at the end of each regular class, including 5-week, Bi-term, and semester long classes.

How will the courses be surveyed?

All Course Perception Surveys are administered online via Qualtrics Survey Software. Invitation emails are sent to each student's "" email address. The instructor name, course ID, and course title appear in the invitation email and within the survey. Reminder emails will be sent to students who have not completed the survey. Course Perception Surveys will no longer be accessible in the course area of Blackboard.

How to access the results of my Course Perception Surveys in Qualtrics?

Course Perception Survey results are available in a dashboard format in Qualtrics. Access Qualtrics via MyUSI and look for the Red Q icon. Once in Qualtrics, you will see USI Course Perception Survey Dashboards on your project list. After opening the dashboard, you can navigate using filters to view your results for specific courses, sections, semesters, etc. You can download and print dashboards and open-ended comments. Click here for instructions.

How can I access reports/results from the old Scantron Class Climate System?

You can request a PDF of your Scantron Class Climate course evaluation (Student Evaluation of Teaching or SET) reports for Fall 2014 through Spring 2019 by contacting OPRA.

Can I get a report combining the Scantron Class Climate results with the new Qualtrics results? How does this impact promotion and tenure and contract renewal portfolio submissions?

Because the survey questions have changed as have the survey platforms, it is not possible to combine results from the two. Please note that the Deans and Provost are aware of this limitation and do not consider this an issue for those being reviewed for promotion and/or tenure. It is a transitional period. Going forward, once more semesters of data are collected, additional dashboard views in Qualtrics will be added that provide multiple semester/over-time analysis. Please contact your respective Dean if you have specific questions about how to present evaluation results from the two systems as part of portfolio submissions.

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