The President approved the University Senate's recommendation to pilot online course evaluations starting this spring semester. Aside from moving from a written to an online platform, there will be no change to the course evaluation instrument.
On Monday, April 22, students will begin to receive email notices announcing that the Course Evaluation by Students (CEbS) platform is open. They will then receive reminder emails every other day until they either complete the evaluation for each of their classes or until the course evaluation period closes at the end of the day, May 10.
Many CSU campuses have been using online course evaluations for several years, but this will be a change for HSU. I therefore request your assistance to make this change work well for both faculty and students.
First, please inform your students that course evaluations will be administered online. Also, please consider taking some class time to explain to your students how important their feedback is to help all of us continually enhance and improve the HSU educational experience. Your support of online evaluations is important to help strengthen response rates, so please encourage your students to go online and complete all of their course evaluations.
The University Senate resolution recommending online course evaluations can be accessed at: https://www.humboldt.edu/senate/resolutions/resolution-docs/2012-2013/Resolution27-12-13-FAC2ndReadingPASSEDApproved.pdf
The University Senate also has charged a task force composed of faculty, staff, and administrators to oversee the implementation of online course evaluations. The task force has developed several materials to help smooth the transition from written to online course evaluations which are posted at: (https://www.humboldt.edu/cebs/). I encourage you to visit this website; it provides both background information as well as suggested scripts you may use to encourage students to complete the evaluations.
If you have any questions regarding the online course evaluation process, please contact your dean or department chair.
Robert A. Snyder
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs