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Why Complete a Course Evaluation?

Faculty, Program Chairs, Department Chairs, College Deans, the Provost, and even the University President read your course evaluations. We use the information to improve course content and design, teaching effectiveness, and create better learning environments for our students. At HPU, we believe that part of your responsibility of being a university student is providing thoughtful feedback to the faculty members teaching your courses. As a result, we expect a 100% participation rate!

Teaching excellence is a priority to HPU. Student course evaluations are an important part of evaluating a faculty member’s teaching abilities. Your course evaluations help us decide whether a faculty member is in need of professional development and training, their contract is renewed, or is promoted. For adjunct faculty and teaching assistants, evaluations are used by department administrators and supervisors to improve performance and make hiring decisions. Each faculty member receives a summary of your responses and comments to use in evaluating their own teaching and planning for future courses. Supervisors and administrators use department and college reports to make system and/or personnel improvements. All course evaluations are confidential, and reports do not include information that could identify a student.

Students who complete ALL of their course evaluations by the due date automatically participate in the “EARLY GRADE VIEW INCENTIVE” program, meaning you can view your final grades 1 WEEK EARLIER than students who have not completed all their course evaluations. 

Note that your access to financial aid, veterans’ benefits, or athletic eligibility, or reporting of grades to military services or the Veterans Administration will not be affected if you do not complete all your course evaluations.

Don’t miss your chance to tell us what you think and make specific recommendations to help improve HPU! We are listening to you and make changes every day based on your course evaluations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The first day the evaluation period opens, students receive an email sent to their HPU EMAIL ACCOUNT from HPU’s Office of Institutional Research to let you know it’s time to complete your course evaluation. The email will include a link to your course evaluation. If students do not complete the evaluation, they will receive an email reminder or two until the evaluation period ends. REMEMBER TO FORWARD YOUR HPU EMAIL TO YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT IF YOU DON’T CHECK YOUR HPU EMAIL DAILY.

You may also log into your Blackboard home page and complete the course evaluations there. Both are synchronized so either method is fine. You may log into Blackboard https://hpu.blackboard.com/ by using your Campus Pipeline username and password.

After you click on the link sent to your HPU email or log into your Blackboard home page HPU we will be able to confirm your identity. Once you have logged on, the evaluations will be completed by clicking answers to the questions and by typing answers to the open-ended questions. We strongly encourage you to add additional comments where possible. We really appreciate specific recommendations on how to improve our teaching and course content!

To save your answers and move onto the next section, just click the “NEXT” button. Please answer all the questions. Select the response which best reflects your experiences of the course. If you have no experience of a particular question, please select “Not Applicable” for that question. Please remember to click the “SUBMIT” button after you complete each survey.

If you are unable to complete the survey in one session, make sure to save your evaluation by clicking the “SAVE” button. To resume a previously saved survey, return to your original email containing the link to your course feedback or log into your Blackboard home page. If your session times out prior to submitting, please return to your original email.

Only one submission will be accepted per respondent and per course.

REMEMBER TO COMPLETE ALL YOUR COURSE EVALUATIONS, AND PLEASE SUBMIT THEM EARLY!

THE EVALUATION PERIOD BEGINS ONE TO TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE LAST DAY OF CLASS, depending on the course length. You can conveniently complete your course evaluations on your smart phone, tablet, or computer and have access 24/7 during the evaluation period because it is web-based. For specific dates when your evaluation period begins and closes, please refer to the KEY DATES page on the website.

The date grades are released varies based on the length of the course. Please see the KEY DATES page on the website for specific dates. There you will be able to view the due dates for your course evaluations, as well as the dates you may view your grades if you complete all evaluations before the due date.

We strongly encourage you to complete all of your course evaluations prior to the due date to participate in the “EARLY GRADE VIEW INCENTIVE” program that allows you to view your final grades a week earlier. For specific dates when your evaluation period begins and closes, please refer to the KEY DATES page on the website.

FIRST go back to the link emailed to your HPU email or log into your Blackboard home page to complete the course evaluations. You may log into Blackboard https://hpu.blackboard.com/ by using your Campus Pipeline username and password. If you have not completed all your course evaluations by the closing date a “Course Evaluation Hold” is placed on your account which will be automatically removed on the date the final grades are available to all students. This hold does not impact your access to registration, financial aid, veterans’ benefits, or athletic eligibility, or reporting of grades to military services or the Veterans Administration.

If the Course Evaluation Hold is already in place because you missed the closing date, then please follow the directions below:

  • Log into your HPU Pipeline account.
  • Under “My Quick Links” click on “Student Services.”
  • Click on “Student Records.”
  • Click on “Course Evaluations.”

If you did not complete all your course evaluations you will see a message that reads: “If you did not complete all your course evaluation for the “Early Grade View Incentive,” please do so now by clicking on the tasks that are not “Complete.”

Complete your outstanding course evaluations. After all evaluations have been completed click on the grey button that reads: “Refresh upon task completion.”

To confirm, under the “Student Services & Financial Aid” tab, click on “Student Records” then click on “View Holds” and it will state: “No holds exist on your record” or the “Early Grade View Incentive” is no longer listed if you have additional holds on your record.

 

All HPU undergraduate and graduate courses with 5 or more students are eligible. Courses with 4 or fewer students enrolled will not be provided a university course evaluation to protect the anonymity of the students.

Only courses and sections on your list are eligible for evaluation. Courses with 4 or fewer students enrolled will not be provided a university course evaluation to protect the anonymity of the students. If you have feedback about a course, please make an appointment with the faculty member teaching the course or the Department or Program Chair to discuss it.

The confidentiality of student course evaluations is very important to HPU. Therefore, we have chosen an outside vendor to manage and store the data. A student logs on to Blackboard or the link sent to their HPU email account to begin the online evaluation process, then is redirected to this our vendor's server to complete the form.

Each faculty member will receive a report compiling the information from all the evaluations in a course. However, those reports do not present information that could identify a student. Similarly, a department or school may create reports about a faculty member's or program’s teaching evaluation. Those reports will never present information that could identify students. As a general rule, courses with four or fewer students will not be evaluated.

There are 26 core questions for in-person courses and 3 optional open-ended “comment” questions at the end. Online courses have 29 core questions and 7 optional open-ended “comment” questions. Some course evaluations may have 2 additional questions that are specific to your college and 2 questions that are specific to your course. The College Deans and your faculty member have the opportunity to create questions to better tailor the course evaluation.

We have found that, on average, students take about 5-10 minutes to complete the form. Your time may be less or more, depending on how many comments you make and the length of your comments.

Research was conducted on current best practices and available vendors that would meet the comprehensive requirements for HPU faculty, students, and data management and reporting systems. After an extensive comparison study of 16-course evaluation companies and a selection committee comprised of 21 students, faculty, and staff, an independent company (Explorance) was chosen as our partner in this process. Explorance was chosen for its superb design, strong reporting features, excellent training and customer service, proven compatibility with Blackboard Learn, and development of a new “Early Grade View Incentive” program which would allow students who completed all their course evaluations to view their final grades a week earlier. This unique program has shown to increase student response rates at other universities, and our HPU student leaders supported its implementation.

The pilot and implementation of the new course evaluation system included collaborations with over 50 students, faculty, and staff from HPU’s Student Government and Faculty Support Center, Institutional Research & Academic Support, Center for the Advancement of Innovative Teaching, Network Services, Data Services, Help Desk, and various Departments, Schools, and Colleges.

HPU’s Office of Institutional Research administers the survey, sends the initial and reminder emails, and makes adjustments or improvements as needed.