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All undergraduate Smith students are required to complete course evaluations for classes taken at Smith in both the fall and spring semesters. The Course Evaluation system is available to students online via BannerWeb during a three-week period at the end of the semester. By vote of the Student Government Association, students who fail to complete the evaluations are fined $25.

The following categories of courses are not evaluated: special studies, honors courses, courses with five or fewer Smith students, and five-college courses. Department chairs and program directors, the Committee on Tenure and Promotion, and the Office of the Provost have access to faculty members’ course evaluations, but the information is not otherwise disseminated.

A notice is sent to faculty members through the faculty listserv once course evaluations are available at the end of the semester (shortly after grades are due). Faculty members access their course evaluations online via BannerWeb. From the Faculty/Advising menu, select Course Evaluation Reporting. Courses and the corresponding evaluation reports appear and are able to be selected ("help" buttons are also available on every page).

The current course evaluation questions were created in the fall of 2011. The form has 3 qualitative questions and 2 quantitative questions. The quantitative questions are based on a 4 point scale. “Mean” scores represent the average response to questions; “deviation” scores indicate how tightly clustered the responses are. (If the standard deviation is large, that indicates that there are relatively more responses at some distance from the mean; the smaller the standard deviation, the more consistent the responses and the more representative the mean is of the responses as a whole.)

For questions about course evaluations, please contact Hayley Spizz (hspizz@smith.edu or x3005). For technical issues, please contact the User Support Center (4its@smith.edu or x4487).

 

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