The Queens College Course and Faculty Information System is based on a program written by Jonathan Bearak during the time he was a student at Queens College. The updated and revised program, designed to take advantage of the resources provided by CUNYfirst, was written by Minhan Song of the Office of Converging Technologies, with the collaborative assistance of Eva Fernández and Andrew DeMasters (Center for Teaching & Learning), Dean Savage (Senate Committee for Teaching Excellence and Evaluation), and Tony Ko (OCT).
The current version of the program provides information about course and faculty evaluations from Spring 2001 on, and scheduling and enrollment information from Fall 2010 on.
This program displays information about course and faculty evaluations from Spring 2001 on, and scheduling and enrollment information from Fall 2010 on.
Evaluations information comes from surveys completed by students at the end of every semester. Summaries of the data are displayed by instructor or by course, and include summaries of grade distributions (for courses taught Spring 2011 and later) drawn from CUNYfirst data feeds.
Schedule and enrollments information comes from CUNYfirst data feeds, refreshed at midnight every business day, providing close to live access to scheduling and enrollment statistics for the College. The data are displayed in tables that can be sorted by a number of different variables, and may be downloaded as CSV files, for further analysis.
Student evaluations of faculty and courses are mandated by the CUNY Board of Trustees (Manual of General Policy, Article V, Policy 5.21, "Student participation in decision-making processes"), as necessary sources of evidence in reappointment, tenure, or promotion recommendations. Evaluations data are also often examined in routine assessments of programs or college-wide curricula, and students make regular use of evaluations data to make informed choices about what courses to take. The displays of evaluations data provided by this application are designed to support all of these uses.
At Queens College, evaluations surveys were administered on paper from Spring 2001 through Spring 2008. An online system was adopted in fall 2008. (More information on how students submit evaluations is below.)
Summary pages display average ratings on a single bar graph, by instructor or course, for the six questions on the new questionnaire asked on a five-point scale (“Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree”, displayed on the vertical axis), and for the corresponding questions on the old questionnaire.
The blue bars represent average ratings for the selected instructor(s) or course(s), and the red dots the average for the comparison group (all instructors for the selected course or courses). Information about the total number of sections, responses, and students enrolled is provided on the right panel.
The questions in the old and new questionnaires are different, but these summary graphs provide averages for five questions that are almost identically worded in the two questionnaires.
The questions are the following (all answers on on a 5-point scale: 1=Strongly disagree, 5=Strongly agree):
Details pages are different for evaluations data for the new and the old questionnaire.
For the new questionnaire (courses in or after Spring 2010), the Details page provides histograms for each of the questions indicating, for any given question, the distribution of responses for each point on the scale.
For the old questionnaire (courses in or before Fall 2009), the Details page provides a table including the means for each of the scalar-response questions in the old questionnaire.
Viewing responses for Writing Intensive questions
The new questionnaire includes four questions for courses with a W (Writing Intensive) designation:
The data for these questions are not displayed on either the Summary or Details pages, but may be viewed by downloading the corresponding CSV file. In that file, responses for the four Writing Intensive questions are in columns labeled W1, W2, W3, W4.
Working with downloaded evaluations data
Complete evaluation data sets for selected instructors or courses may be downloaded as comma delimited CSV files, compatible with a number of spreadsheet applications, including Excel. These files include a row for each section selected, and columns containing the following:
Summaries of grade distributions are available, for courses taught Spring 2011 and later. When a selected instructor taught more than one section of a given course, the course distributions are separated by section.
Both the new and the old questionnaire ask students for optional written comments, in response to three questions:
Comments are available only to faculty, who may access them by logging in (using a faculty AD account) at: https://apps.qc.cuny.edu/courseevaluation/.
The Schedules tab displays tables containing information about the schedule, rooms, limits, and enrollment for courses, by Department and Program, for offerings from Fall 2010 on.
The Enrollments tab displays tables showing the number of enrollments and sections by Department or Program, for offerings from Fall 2010.
The evaluations period is scheduled during the last four to five weeks of the fall and spring semester. There are no evaluations during the summer or winter sessions.
During the evaluations period, students are notified by email, and are directed to a website where they may complete the evaluations for the courses they are taking.
We welcome feedback on any aspect of this program, especially suggestions that will improve the user interface and reports of bugs or errors encountered. Use the box below to describe problems experienced while using this application (please include the browser you were using and your operating system), or to suggest improvements.
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