3.2.12 Early-Term Class Surveys

  1. Introductory Statement

It is the purpose of this policy to facilitate continuing improvement in faculty instruction at Michigan Technological University. Properly implemented, it will provide students a formal mechanism to provide constructive feedback early in a teaching term for the immediate identification of ways of improving a course in progress, including a need for supplemental material, difficulties with classroom presentations, or other elements of a particular course. The feedback device is a written survey of the students, administered and read by the instructor alone.

  1. Administering the Early-Term Survey

It is recommended that each class of 10 or more students be supplied with a simple instructional survey form early in the semester. This could be done as an attachment to the course syllabus, or as a handout. During the fourth or fifth week of the semester the instructor would encourage students to complete the survey and turn in at a convenient location. The survey could also be completed during class time. The surveys should be collected to maintain student anonymity if the students wish.

It is recommended that these two questions be used as part of the survey:

  • What is good about this course?
  • How could it be better?

It is recommended that these two questions be used as part of the survey: Faculty may add additional questions to the survey to elicit student opinions on particular attributes of the course, e.g., on course materials, teaching methods, presentation style, pedagogical methods, etc.

  1. Evaluation of the Survey

After administering the survey, the instructor should read the responses noting the frequently-mentioned items, and substantive criticisms and suggestions. It would be incumbent on the faculty member to take the appropriate steps to correct problems identified. The faculty member is also encouraged to discuss in class the notable points made by the students, indicating whether and how the course might be modified.

Disposition of the survey form is at the instructor's discretion.

Senate Policy 505.1

12/08/2016 - Annual Review: No changes made to content.
04/01/2015 - Annual Review: To reflect current practice, the email address for questions is now policy@mtu.edu. No changes made to content.
02/13/2014 - Annual Review: Updated Michigan Tech and Handbook banners, no changes made to content.
03/13/2013 - Annual Review: "Senate Proposal 13-01, Adopted by Senate: April 25, 2001, and Approved by Preside: May 2, 2001" now reads "Senate Policy 505.1."
07/18/2011 - Annual Review: New section.