Student Ratings of Instruction

Students are not qualified to evaluate faculty. But if asked the right questions, they can provide important data to use in
improving teaching.

Feedback you can use

IDEA’s Student Ratings of Instruction System is designed to provide feedback you can use—formative feedback that gives you suggestions for improvement—as well as summative feedback that can be used as a component of a more comprehensive system of faculty evaluation.

Focus on student learning

The focus of the instrument is on student learning—NOT student opinions about how well a faculty member teaches. Students are not qualified to evaluate faculty. But they are important sources of data to inform faculty and administrators about student learning in a course.

Data that answers questions

The Student Ratings of Instruction tools from IDEA collect the right kind of formative data for use in improving instruction and as part of a system for evaluating faculty. The data collected can also be an important part of institutional, programmatic, and departmental evaluation. IDEA learning objectives align with many standards including AAC&U LEAP, the Higher Learning Commission, and others.
Learn more about IDEA’s support for Accreditation Initiatives


When you partner with IDEA, all the Student Ratings of Instruction tools are available to you.
Instruments come in three end-of-term versions and one “anytime” version


A comprehensive tool that provides both summative and formative feedback about student progress on relevant course objectives, instructor teaching methods, and overall impressions of the instructor and course.
Learn more about Diagnostic Feedback.


Provides summative feedback about average student progress on relevant learning objectives and overall impressions of the instructor and course.
Learn more about Learning Essentials.


Provides formative feedback about teaching methods highly correlated with instructor and course excellence.
Learn more about Teaching Essentials.


A short instrument that gathers immediate student responses after each class or unit; weekly, or whenever desired, so faculty can see the impact of changes they have made in their class.
Learn more about Instant Feedback.

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