Frequently Asked Questions
class is small--only five students. What should I do about evaluations?
Section Five of the Senate
Policy on Teaching Evaluation recognizes that there may be special circumstances
whereby the standard evaluation form is not ideal--such as a class with
a small enrolment. For example, if there are fewer than 10 students in a
class, though the standard form still provides useful feedback,it may be
difficult to ensure student anonymity.
In these circumstances, you are encouraged to evaluate the course using
a method that makes sense to you, your discipline, and departmental norms:
You may use the standard form but ask students to print their responses
to the open-ended questions;
You may have someone type the written comments before you read them;
You may choose to use a different form that suits your needs better. Just
make sure you keep a copy of the questions for your files so you can document
do I get my evaluation report?
The Senate Teaching
and Learning Committee has established dates for the return of the numerical
Fall term reports will be e-mailed to you on
or about January 15
Winter term reports will be e-mailed on
or about May 15 each
Spring/summer term reports will be e-mailed on
or about July 15 each year. (Please
note that the varying formats and durations of spring/summer courses make
the dates for these reports less predictable)
You will receive an e-mail with the exact date at least a week before
the reports are sent.
Please note that reports
are sent individually and in alphabetical order according to the professor's
surname. So it is possible that you may have your reports before a colleague
receives hers (or vice versa).
The actual Scantron
forms, which contain the students' written comments, will be mailed back
to the departmental secretary in sealed envelopes. These will be held
in safe storage for distribution to individual professors after
the numerical reports have been sent.
were these dates set?
These dates are a reasonable target which could be met given our resources.
The dates also provide dependable and predicatable structure to the evaluation
process while giving the information to professors in a timely manner. Processing
the evaluations takes some time--at a very busy period for Departmental
Support Services. Also, to ensure the integrity of the evaluation process,
the reports are not sent until several days after the submission deadline
for final course grades.
From those who replied to an informal online survey of Canadian educational
developers, Mount A is actually rare in having a fixed or target date.
At some universities
(e.g., Calgary), Deans/Associate Deans receive the evaluations first and
faculty members do not see the quantitative results and get only a summary
of the written comments.
The most common schedule for the release of evaluations is “sometime
after final grades have been submitted.” The length of time may
vary from weeks (in the case of Durham College/UOIT), to any time: “We
never know when they will appear to on our desks” (UNB, Brock, and
WLU). These respondents were envious of Mount A’s fixed date.
At MUN, evaluations
are released as soon as possible after the deadline for students to appeal
their grades. They are sent to the professor and his/her department head
At McGill, which has online evaluations, the results are released
electronically within days after a professor's final grades have been
should I store the report?
Please download your reports and keep both your numerical reports and your
completed Scantron sheets in a safe place. The data are not archived centrally
and will be deleted within six weeks of distribution. However, as long as
you have the Scantron sheets, the report may be run again.
should I do if I have more questions?
the information on the extensive evaluation website does not answer your
questions, please contact the Chair
of the Senate Teaching and Learning Committee.