Pencil & Paper (Scantron)
Please note that the Academic Computer Center coordinates the pencil/paper evaluation process.
PENCIL-AND-PAPER ADMINISTRATION (SCANTRONS)
Pencil-and-paper evaluations are normally administered in class on a day selected by the department or instructor. Pencil/paper evaluations can be administered for Block I/1st 8-week courses and full-term courses; pencil/paper evaluations are not available for summer courses. Students need to receive a Scantron sheet, a copy of the Student Rating of Classroom Instruction, and a comment sheet for pencil/paper course evaluation administration. Forms should be returned to the appropriate departmental staff member, who will then return the Scantron forms to the Academic Computer Center on Collection Day. Comment sheets should not be sent to the Academic Computer Center. The Academic Computer Center will process the forms and return them to Academic Affairs, who distribute the reports accordingly.
- The instructor should not be present while evaluations are being completed. Select a student to collect the forms and return them to the department office or ask another instructor to monitor your course evaluations.
- Instructors should explain to the students how course evaluations are used on a personal and professional level.
- During the class prior to evaluation day, the instructor should mention that course evaluations are happening next class and request that everyone makes an effort to be present. The announcement gives students time to consider the course and can help improve response rates.
Populating Scantron Sheets
- Before administration, the instructor/department should bubble in as much of the basic course information on the form as possible. These fields include instructor name, course ID, section number, semester and year.
- Only enter the instructor’s last name in the field labeled LASTNAME. Make sure spelling is consistent for all forms because if the last name is not entered the same on all forms, the sorted order will be incorrect and forms will not be sorted properly.
- When two or more instructors teach the same course with the same section number, the system will process all of the forms as one course. In this case, code a different course section for each of the instructors to get individual reports. The following coding scheme should be used to enter course SECTION information:
|Special - Honors Classes||9X||(91, 92, 99)|
|Special - Distance Learning (Web Assisted)||8X||(81, 82, 89)|
|Special - Evening/Weekend (Accelerated)||7X||(71, 72, 79)|
|Special - Evening/Weekend (Accelerated)||6X||(61, 62, 69)|
|Reserved (Not Used on forms)||4X - 5X||(41, 51, 59)|
|Regular - Normal Classes||0X - 3X||(01, 25, 39)|
According to the faculty handbook, the Student Rating of Classroom Instruction (i.e., course evaluation) is administered the first few weeks of April and November for each term. Dates will vary each semester, and faculty and staff will be notified of specific dates via email. While dates are subject to change, pencil/paper evaluations normally run for three weeks. The best way to determine the pencil/paper evaluation period is to count three weeks back from collection day. Collection day is the Tuesday of the last week of class. For example, if classes end Thursday, April 26, collection day is Tuesday, April 24. Pencil/paper evaluations can be administered from Tuesday, April 3 until Tuesday, April 24.
For Block I/first 8-week courses, collection day is typically the Tuesday of the last week of the Block I period. Pencil/paper course evaluations for Block I courses can be administered two weeks prior to the collection day.
Pencil/paper evaluations are not administered during the summer; as such, there is no pencil/paper timeline or collection day for summer courses.
Click here for the course evaluation dates for the current semester.
The Academic Computer Center establishes a collection day for all Scranton forms to be returned. This information is communicated to faculty/staff via email. While dates can vary due to logistics, collection days are normally the Tuesday of the last week of class. For end of term courses, collection day occurs from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM in the Academic Computer Center (Elva Jones Computer Science Building, room 1111). For Block I/first 8 week courses, collection day occurs from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm in the Academic Computer Center.