Remember those course evaluations that always spring up during the last week of classes.
It’s time to say good-bye. At least to the paper versions.
In an effort to make the student course evaluation process more efficient, all evaluations of fall classes will be conducted online.
The evaluation form will be exactly like the one previously handed out in classes, including the option to submit personal comments.
The main question, however, is not how to fill out the new evaluation forms, but if students will actually take the time to do it. Since they will no longer be required to do them in class, many students may forget or choose to ignore them.
Tom Dahlstrom, director of institutional research said professors are encouraged to offer incentives, such as extra credit, to their classes to fill out the evaluations.
An e-mail will be sent within the next week inviting students to complete evaluations and will remain open until Dec. 12. A total of 427 courses, roughly half of the amount offered, will be evaluated through two systems: Onlinecourseevaluations.com and the Educational Testing System.
Dahlstrom said the new system will be much more effective than the old one. Before, it took his office anywhere from six to eight weeks to process the paper forms and type up the written comments, making it impossible to get the results to professors before the spring semester began.
With everything online, the faculty can view their results about a week after the evaluations are closed and make adjustments to their personnel and courses.
In addition to evaluations, Student Accounts is hoping to roll out its new online bill system this month.
“It’s something (students have been asking us for,” Carol Suter, Acting Director of Student Accounts said.
The online system, which is partnered with CashNet, will allow for electronic payments and refunds. Suter said that anyone not wishing to pay with a credit card online can simply print off the bill from the online account and mail in their payment.
“I think it’s nice that we can go paperless,” Suter said. “It helps us process faster and it helps the environment.”