Student Accessible Reports
Note: You must be logged into CIS to view course feedback. Please sign into CIS before beginning.
1. Go to the Class Catalog & Schedules page. Select a semester.
2. Select the department.
3. Find a course you want to view feedback. Locate the View Feedback column.
4.If feedback is available to view, there will be a hyperlink that says View. Click on it to review the feedback given to the instructor by students in a previous
Not all courses have feedback available (red arrow). This happens when an instructor
has not taught the course before or the their feedback for the course is more than
two years old. Feedback older than two years is not available from the class schedule.
To access older feedback, find the "Course Feedback Results" tile on the "University
Resources" page in CIS.
How to interpret the Course Feedback Reports
Course feedback data is based on student responses to a standard set of items which
are presented to students at the end of their class experience. Each item is a statement
about the course or instructor (for example, "The instructor was organized"), and
the students respond with their level of agreement with that statement (i.e, "Strongly
Agree" to "Strongly Disagree").
These responses do not provide a direct measure of the teaching and learning process,
but they do give a general idea about the course and its instructors. Poor responses
may indicate any of several kinds of student concerns, such as poor teaching, instructor's
personality traits, and/or difficulty and time commitments for the course.
Look carefully at how the results are displayed. Results show the percentage of students
in each response category for a given item. Small differences are not likely to be
reliable; thus a few percentage point differences should be ignored. Also, responses
are particularly unreliable if they are based on a small number of responders.
What information does the graph display?
The graphs display the student course feedback results for course and instructor questions
for a semester. Each graph contains the questions on the horizontal axis and the responses
(strongly agree to strongly disagree) on the vertical axis. Results are displayed
for the individual course, all courses evaluated in a subject area, and all courses
evaluated at the University of Utah.
What do the different colors on the graph represent?
What information is included in the report?
The first section of the report contains course number, semester, course title, instructor
and number of feedback forms submitted.
The second section contains the course results. The course graph displays results
for the seven course questions. Course data is included below the graph and displays
each course question with the percentage and count of each response for the course,
subject and University.
The third section contains the instructor results. The instructor graph displays results
for the seven instructor questions. Instructor data is included below the graph and
displays each instructor question with the percentage and count of each response for
the instructor, subject, and University. Some reports contain multiple instructor
graphs and data if several instructors taught a course.
Where does the data for the report come from?
The data comes from student course feedback forms that students submit at the end
of the semester through the University’s online system.
Why don’t all the courses have a link to view student course feedback reports?
The student accessible report link is only available for courses that have student
feedback for an instructor who has taught the course within the last two years. There
are several reasons the feedback column may not have a ‘view’ link: the instructor
is teaching the course for the first time, class was not evaluated when the instructor
taught the course, student course feedback for that course and instructor are older
than two years, or fewer than six studetns were enrolled in the course.
Why can I view student course feedback results for a course on the class schedule
sometimes and not others?
Students have to log into the Campus Information System (CIS) to view student accessible
reports from the class schedule links. If you access the class schedule without logging
into CIS first, you will be able to click on the ‘view’ link in the feedback column
but you will receive a message to log into CIS to see the report.
Why aren’t written comments on the reports?
Written comments from student course feedback is not available to students at this
time. Only quantitative data is available through the student accessible reports.
How can I view results from previous semesters?
If you would like to view additional reports from previous semesters, find the "Course
Feedback Results" tile on the "University Resources" page in CIS. You will need to click on a semester then subject to retrieve the list of courses
and instructors that have student feedback reports. To view a report, click on the
course number. You will need to repeat this process for each semester, course, and
instructor you would like to view.