Can individual instructors, departments, or colleges customize their evaluations?

The Web-based course evaluation system gives colleges, departments, and programs the flexibility to add survey questions, including open-ended questions, to their evaluation instruments. There are two questions, chosen from the Purde Cafeteria list, that must appear on each survey as required by the university:

  • (418) Overall, I learned a lot in this course.
  • (419) Overall, this instructor was effective.

Other survey items may be selected from the Purdue Cafeteria list as approved by Faculty Council.

Ultimately, the design of each evaluation instrument is left to the discretion of the college or department. As long as they include the two required questions mentioned above, colleges and departments can freely customize their evaluation instruments and retain their own unique set of questions.

Currently, individual instructors cannot customize their evaluation instruments.

In the summer of 2007, the College of Education appointed a committee to review the course evaluation questionnaire distributed to students at the end of each term. The committee's recommendations and subsquent revisions based on feedback from Faculty Council are available in the College of Education Course Evaluations Report. The survey instrument originally published on page 19 of the report has been adopted by all departments in the College of Education and is recommended as a best practice for other colleges as they migrate to Web-based course evaluations.