ERIC Number: ED217820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating the Effects of a Course Evaluation System Designed to Assist Students in Selecting Courses.
Hendel, Darwin D.
The Student Course Information Project (SCIP) at the University of Minnesota, which provides information to help students in course selection and in planning programs of study, is described. SCIP began as a pilot project in the 1979 spring quarter, based on student opinions concerning course selection, statistics on incompletes and course withdrawals, and evaluations of graduates' opinions. The potential for using the course descriptions and evaluation of previous students is considered in relation to faculty participants in SCIP, carry over in course offerings from one year to the next, and variability in faculty members' course descriptions and students' evaluations of overall course quality. Usage of SCIP materials by students and their ratings of the usefulness of materials were assessed in 1979, 1980, and 1981. In preparation for each fall quarter registration, two informational reports are prepared for students' use: a newspaper tabloid containing limited information about each course included in the previous year's data collection; and an extensive SCIP course guide containing complete information about each course. Although SCIP is becoming more familiar to students, it is noted that usage of the SCIP materials is having relatively little impact on improving the quality of course selection and program planning decisions. If SCIP is having any effect, the impact should be observable through: annual surveys of students conducted during registration, registration statistics, and quasi-experimental studies. In addition to assisting students, the evaluation of instruction can provide information and motivation for faculty members to improve their instruction, along with data for making decisions regarding promotion, tenure, and salary. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, College Faculty, College Students, Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Courses, Decision Making, Feedback, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Utilization, Institutional Research, Program Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Reaction, Teacher Effectiveness, Use Studies, User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Student Course Information Project; University of Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).