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Policy Title: Student Evaluation Of Faculty

Boise State University Policy #4300
Effective Date: July 1, 2986
Revised: February 1999
January 2008
February 2016

To establish a time and method for student evaluation of instruction.

Additional Authority:
University Policy #4290 Annual Faculty Evaluation
University Policy #4340 Faculty Tenure and Promotion Guidelines

Applies to all student evaluations of instruction.

Responsible Party:
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, 426-1202


  • I. Policy Statement
  • Student feedback on the quality of instruction is a valuable tool in ensuring that the university is fulfilling its primary educational mission. This policy guides the administration of surveys that give students an opportunity to provide such feedback.
  • II. Guidelines
    • A. Administration of Student Surveys of Instruction
      • 1. Instruction shall be evaluated by students enrolled in their respective courses.
      • 2. The instruction of courses, including those taught by adjunct faculty and graduate assistants, will be evaluated by students in every section of every course, in every semester, and in summer.
      • 3. Students will be able to participate confidentially through an on-line system.
      • 4. Exceptions to confidentiality – In the event of a University investigation and in compliance with relevant laws, the Provost may determine that the student evaluator’s name may be revealed to the relevant parties.
      • 5. In the event of any questionable circumstances involving student surveys of instruction, the evaluation process will be reviewed and resolved by the Provost.
    • B. Use of Information Resulting from Surveys
      • 1. One key purpose of student evaluations is to assist individual faculty in improving their teaching performance.
      • 2. A second key purpose of student evaluations is to provide information to assist in the evaluation of faculty members. Survey results should be kept on file with the department chair/head or program director, and dean. These ratings, opinions, and comments when relevant will be considered as part of the promotion and tenure process, as well as on-going annual faculty evaluations.