General Contact Information
Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
One Bernard Baruch Way
New York, NY 10010-5585
135 East 22nd Street, 7th Floor
Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
This email is being sent to all members of the Baruch College faculty.
For an archive of announcements sent from the Associate Provost beginning June 2011, click here.
The student evaluation period runs from tomorrow, December 3, through December 15 for the vast majority of the college’s courses. (Instructors of classes on a different schedule should have received that information from the Office of Testing and Evaluation.)
As many of you know, Baruch’s student evaluations moved from paper to online last spring. In so doing, we dropped from an average response rate of 70% to 50%. Obviously, we’d like increase the rate of participation this time around: even if 50% is considered reasonably good for a first-time online survey, it’s not good enough to give us as clear an indication of the opinions of our students as we would like to have.
Last time there was almost no publicity; this time there will be an ad and perhaps an article in the Ticker. The ad will include a QuickResponse Code (QR Code – see attached) that will take students directly to the evaluation website using “smart” mobile devices. Last time we didn’t provide means for administering the evaluations in class; this time we have (see below).
Something else new: during the evaluation period you, as the instructor, can monitor how many of your students have participated (but not which students have participated, nor any results) by signing in to https://www.smartevals.com/baruch.
We are enlisting your help. Please try to set aside a few minutes during an upcoming class to speak with your students about the evaluation process. Here are some things you might like to mention:
- that the evaluation period runs December 3-15
- that responses to the survey are completely confidential and that instructors will see results only after grades are released
- that you (and other instructors) actually use feedback from past course evaluations (For example: "Last semester the evaluations said I should make better use of the course website, and that is why this year I have been posting notes online.")
- that they will receive (or already have received) emails addressed to their Baruch accounts with directions for completing the evaluation surveys
If you would like your students to complete the evaluations during class time, here are a few suggestions:
1. Let your students know in advance that this is your plan and advise them that if they would like to participate during class time they should bring their smart phones or laptops that day.
2. Your students can use a web browser on their smart phones or laptops to go to the login page that is indicated in the evaluation email they received on their Baruch accounts
3. Alternatively, your students can go to https://www.smartevals.com/baruch to login and complete their course evaluations. You might write the address on the board. (The advantage to the students’ using the login page that they were sent is that it will save a step or two.)
4. The students’ login information is the same username and password they use for accessing campus computers and Wi-Fi.
5. Another alternative is to make and circulate copies of the attached QuickResponse Code (QR Code), which can be scanned on some mobile devices.
Please note that if you are administering the evaluations in class, you must step outside the classroom for the designated period (roughly 15 minutes).
Questions? If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Testing and Evaluation at 646.312.4305 or by emailing email@example.com.
Thank you for your help!
Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President
Baruch College, CUNY
646-660-6504 (phone); 646-660-6531 (fax)