Faculty - Course Evaluations

Instructors Teaching Courses Included In the Trinity Course Evaluation Process

Course instructors should encourage students to complete the course evaluation form for their class. This process covers courses taught in Trinity College departments and programs, the Marine Lab, and Study Abroad (global Education).

When a graduate level course has one or more undergraduates enrolled, the course is included for evaluation by the Office of Assessment - Trinity College. For these courses, it is highly recommended that both the undergraduate and graduate level students complete the course evaluation forms in DukeHub. Doing so will provide a more complete picture of the course and provide more comprehensive data for use in our assessment and reporting process.


Course evaluations are collected for all classes and such data is made available to the department chair and Director of Undergraduate Study. Additionally, faculty can choose whether their course evaluations are viewable by Duke students through the Student Accessable Course Evaluation System, or SACES. At this time only numerical results are shared in SACES. Written comments are not included in the SACES reports.

To update the visibility status of your course evaluation results, submit the following web form: SACES Selection

Faculty Responsibilities for Course Evaluations

  1. Ask students to complete a course evaluation for your class using DukeHub. While we ask that you explain the process to students and encourage them to participate, you will not have to send out any web links or forms electronically.
    1. Whenever possible, we recommend that you ask students to bring a laptop or tablet to class to complete the evaluation at a scheduled time. Return rates are highest when faculty schedule class time for this important activity. If that is not possible, you should instruct students to visit DukeHub to complete the evaluation as soon as possible.
    2. Students will be informed of the online evaluation process at various points in the term. The forms are straight-forward, but if necessary, instructions for students are available on the Office of Assessment website. You are welcome to print, download, or forward these instructions as you wish.

      DOWNLOAD: Student instructions (pdf).

Monitor Evaluation Return Rate 

  1. Log-in to DukeHub, as you usually do,using your Duke NetID and passcode.

Note: Duke firewall and using VPN: The new reporting platform (Tableau Software) resides behind Duke’s firewall. This policy decision was made by the IT Security Office. Faculty who attempt to access reports in Tableau while away from campus (that is, not on the Duke network) will be blocked. If you expect to access your reports while off campus, we urge you to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in advance. Instructions are availableon the OIT website. Visit oit.duke.edu, and search for VPN.

  1. You will see your usual Faculty Center homepage, with the addition of a new column: Evaluations Complete. The values under Evaluations Complete represent the number of forms submitted by students out of the total enrollment for the course (both across all crosslists).

Course Evaluation Items

On the course evaluation form, students will have the opportunity to indicate their level of agreement with the following statements:

  • The course has clearly defined student learning objectives.
  • The course had clear expectations for assignments and other work.
  • The course had a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment.
  • This course helped me gain factual knowledge.
  • This course helped me understand fundamental concepts and principles.
  • This course helped me learn to apply knowledge, concepts, principles, or theories to a specific situation or problem. 
  • This course helped me learn to analyze ideas, arguments, and points of view.
  • This course helped me learn to synthesize and integrate knowledge.
  • This course helped me learn to conduct inquiry through methods of the field. 
  • This course helped me learn to evaluate the merits of ideas and competing claims.
  • This course helped me to effectively communicate ideas orally. 
  • This course helped me to effectively communicate ideas in writing. 

Additionally, students will address the following multiple-choice response prompts:

  • Please characterize the difficulty of the subject matter.
  • How much did you learn from this course?
  • How many hours per week on average did you spend on this course (outside of class meetings)? Examples include study groups, attending office hours, reading, writing, working on practice problems, etc.
  • About what percent of the class meetings (including discussions, labs, etc.) did you attend in person?
  • Overall the course was...
  • Overall, the instructor was...

Finally, to complete the form, students have an opportunity to respond to two open-ended items: 

  • What would you like to say about this course to a student who is considering taking it in the future?
  • Would you like to provide any other comments about this course?

For a complete overview of the Trinity College questionnaire with response options please view the available code sheet.

View Course Evaluation Reports in Tableau

Need help?

For help accessing the Instructor Course Description Form in DukeHub, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 919-684-2200, option 2.

For questions pertaining to the course evaluation process generally, please contact the DUS or undergraduate staff assistant in your department or program.