For detailed information on the Student Evaluations of Teaching, please see the FAQ and Faculty Application links below.
When does the online student evaluation of teaching at St. John’s University start?
From the Fall 2007 semester on (Spring and Fall semesters).
What survey form is used for St. John’s student course evaluation?
The survey form was developed by a committee of St. John’s faculty members. There are two versions of the evaluation; one for traditionally taught classroom courses and one for online courses. The classroom course form can be found here and the online course form can be found here.
Who can I contact for assistance with the student evaluation of teaching?
You can contact the Office of Institutional Research at [email protected] or (718) 990-1869).
Does the new evaluation system have any advantages for course instructors?
Yes, course instructors now have the option of adding their own questions (up to five) to their course surveys.
Furthermore, research indicates that a major advantage of online evaluation is that it allows students as much time as they wish to complete, thereby generating more thoughtful comments than the traditional paper-and-pencil method.
What are the advantages of the evaluations for students?
The literature indicates that students get dividends by participating in the evaluations. For example, they often ask more insightful questions in class, understand course material more deeply, and take greater responsibility for their learning.
Online evaluation results can be analyzed much faster than those from paper and pencil administrations. This allows course instructors to make changes to their courses in a timely fashion, thereby leading to improvements in teaching and learning.
How can course instructors add their own questions to their evaluations?
Each course instructor will receive an email message with a link to the survey form (to which they can add their own questions). You may download the instructions for adding questions to the survey.
Are the evaluations anonymous?
Yes, it’s anonymous in the sense that the system only tracks students who have not completed the survey, thereby generating reminders to those students who have not responded to the survey. Course instructors will receive the aggregated results after they turn in the course grades; therefore, individual students cannot be identified in the results.
What courses will be evaluated?
Classroom and online courses with three or more students will routinely be included in the evaluation process every semester. However, instructors of non-classroom instruction courses have the option of participating in the evaluations. Please contact the Office of Institutional Research at [email protected] or (718) 990-1869) for assistance.
How will students go online and complete the evaluation form?
Each student will receive an e-mail with a unique computer-generated password and a link to the survey. All they need to do is to click on the link and complete the survey.
Is there any chance that students will be able to complete more than one survey for the same course?
No, because each password can only be used once. Therefore, after a student has completed a survey, the password that allowed him/her to access that survey becomes void.
When will the evaluations start for each individual class?
The evaluations will start three weeks before finals.
How will the evaluation results be distributed?
After turning in their course grades, course instructors will receive aggregated results for each class as a PDF file through email.
A Tool for Assessing and Improving Instruction
Spring 2014 marked the inauguration of the online student evaluations of teaching at St. John's University which replaced the former Student Course Evaluation (SCE) version. The new course evaluation form was developed by a committee of St. John’s faculty members and comprised 13 scaled and three open-ended questions. Moreover, instructors had the option of adding as many as five of their own questions.
Many ideas on utilizing the findings have been reflected in responses from faculty. A sample of actual quotes appears below:
The Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) form at St. John’s University is used to gauge the effectiveness of various teaching and classroom components. Furthermore, in an effort to enhance the educational experience, it is an essential tool used to identify areas for professional development. Participating in the SET ensures that students’ feedback influences the academic quality of our programs going forward. Therefore, students are highly encouraged to support this ongoing initiative.
Click on a semester to view its aggregate college-level data.
* Beginning Spring 2018, co-taught courses are included in their school reports.
* Co-taught courses were not evaluated separately prior to Fall 2016