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Student Evaluation of Instruction

At the University of Richmond we ask students to provide feedback on the instruction they receive. This feedback becomes a part of the overall personnel review process.

Student evaluation of instruction takes two forms: formative and summative. Formative evaluations are simply to provide the instructor with immediate feedback on the current state of a class. Faculty are encouraged to use a number of simple methods to get feedback from their students.

Summative evaluations are used for personnel decisions. They incorporate some aspects of formative evaluations in that they provide information that will be useful the next time the course is taught.