Please note: Spring 2020 course evaluations will be conducted online via RAIL. Please see the Spring 2020 Course Evaluations FAQ for further information.
The Office of Institutional Research coordinates and conducts evaluations for courses taught at Shepherd in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Evaluations are administered in either paper or electronic format, and include both multiple-choice questions and a comments section. Results are tabulated and returned to instructors after the final grades for the courses are due. All written comments are typed up; no handwritten comments are seen by the faculty.
Please note: As of Fall 2011, the guidelines for faculty evaluation have changed. The course evaluation selection process has also changed. The new information is provided on the course evaluation request form sent to each faculty member early in the semester. Questions about the new guidelines should be directed to your dean.
The schedule for course evaluations for 2019-2020 is as follows:
- Paper and RAIL evaluations for first-8-weeks courses: September 30 – October 13
- Paper and RAIL evaluations for full-semester and last-8-weeks courses: November 11 – December 8
- Paper and RAIL evaluations for first-8-weeks courses: February 17 – March 1
- Paper and RAIL evaluations for full-semester and last-8-weeks courses: April 6 – April 26
More information about course evaluations is available below. Files are in PDF format, and require Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here:
General Information Information about the evaluation process, as presented to the Shepherd University Faculty Senate on 9/18/2006.
Procedures A step-by-step outline of how the process works.
RAIL Evaluation: for students Instructions for RAIL course evaluations for students.
RAIL Evaluation: for instructors Instructions for RAIL course evaluations for instructors.
Evaluation Questions The questionnaire used to conduct the evaluations.
Interpretation How to interpret the results of evaluations.