Student Perception of Instruction

The Student Perception of Instruction (SPI) is administered online near the end of each term to give students the opportunity to rate their instructors performance. After the grades due deadline, the collected data is processed by the Test Scoring office and the results are then delivered on CDs to the Faculty Affairs office for review and distribution to the colleges. The colleges usually have the results no later than one week after the grades due deadline.

Why is this done by Test Scoring? The SPI process was originally issued on scantron forms that had to be scanned in before they could be processed. The Test Scoring office was one of the few units that had the capability of processing such a large number of forms in a relatively short amount of time, plus we were not affiliated with any of the academic colleges, so there would not be any bias. While they are no longer issued on scantron forms, we are still independent from all of the academic colleges, and we now have the technical expertise due to years of experience.

Data for courses with fewer than five students enrolled is intentionally excluded from the results and will not be released. No Exceptions! This policy was set by the Faculty Senate years ago and has not yet been overturned. Please do not ask us to check on missing courses if they did not have at least five students enrolled. All other questions regarding missing course data or other errors can be directed to the Test Scoring email account at, and should include as much detail as possible (course AND section numbers, instructor names, and any other relevant information). However, if we determine that an error was made, you will need to obtain authorization from the Faculty Affairs office before any changes to the SPI data can be made.

Current Student Perception of Instruction (Spring 2013 to present)

There are currently nine multiple choice questions and two free response comment questions, down from sixteen and four prior to Spring 2013. The number of questions was reduced in the hopes of increasing student participation/response rates.

The multiple choice questions are:

  1. Effectiveness organizing the course
  2. Effectiveness explaining course requirements, grading criteria, and expectations
  3. Effectiveness communicating ideas and/or information
  4. Effectiveness showing respect and concern for students
  5. Effectiveness stimulating interest in the course
  6. Effectiveness creating an environment that helps students learn
  7. Effectiveness giving useful feedback on course performance
  8. Effectiveness helping students achieve course objectives
  9. Overall effectiveness of the instructor

Possible responses are Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor.

The free response comment questions are:

  1. What did you like best about the course and/or how the instructor taught it?
  2. What suggestions do you have for improving the course and/or how the instructor taught it?

On November 30, 2013, the Faculty Senate approved the web publication of the responses for all nine multiple choice questions for Spring 2013 onward. However, the comments are still confidential.

These SPI files can be found at

Prior to Spring 2013

From 1996 to Spring 2013, the SPI process consisted of sixteen multiple choice questions and four free response comment questions.

The multiple choice questions included:

  1. Feedback concerning your performance in this course was
  2. The instructor’s interest in your learning was
  3. Use of class time was
  4. The instructor’s overall organization of the course was
  5. Continuity from one class meeting to the next was
  6. The pace of the course was
  7. The instructor’s assessment of your progress in the course was
  8. The texts and supplemental learning materials used in the course were
  9. Description of course objectives and assignments
  10. Communication of ideas and information
  11. Expression of expectations for performance
  12. Availability to assist students in or outside of class
  13. Respect and concern for students
  14. Stimulation of interest in the course
  15. Facilitation of learning
  16. Overall assessment of instructor

Possible responses were Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor.

The free response comment questions included:

  1. The thing(s) I like the MOST about this course
  2. The thing(s) I like the LEAST about this course
  3. What is your reaction to the method of evaluating your mastery of the course (i.e., testing, grading, out of class assignments (term papers), instructor feedback, etc.)
  4. Additional comments and suggestions for improvement

Multiple choice questions 1 through 8, and the comments, were considered confidential and used only for instructor evaluation. However, the responses to questions 9 through 16 were public information published by the University, and authorized for web publication.

These SPI files can be found at