In November, CU Denver Today announced a collaborative, university-wide initiative to redesign the faculty course questionnaire (FCQ) instrument and process. The university successfully administered its first of two pilots at the Denver, Boulder and UCCS campuses this past semester.
Administered at the end of each term, The Faculty Course Questionnaire (FCQ) is completed by students, evaluating their courses and instructors. The redesign effort, which was announced to faculty late August, aims to test new tools and questions while also moving FCQs entirely online. (Read more in the November 10 CU Denver Today article about the FCQ redesign.)
Fall 2016 Pilot purpose and next steps
The primary focus of the fall pilot was to experiment with two new evaluation instruments selected by the faculty leading the redesign effort. A secondary focus was to test a new digital platform for administration and to help develop strategies for increasing response rates going forward. On the Denver campus, twelve instructors volunteered to participate, which included approximately 723 enrolled students.
The project’s executive committee, consisting of faculty and staff from the three participating campuses, indicates that each pilot is meant to serve as a learning process, which allows for changes to be made in subsequent pilots.
“Faculty, students, and staff across our campuses have been working to improve the FCQ experience,” says Joanne Addison, chair of the CU Denver Faculty Assembly. “Not only do we hope to provide a better FCQ tool that is rooted in actionable data, we also hope to improve the overall process (e,g., more timely access to results). We appreciate the wide-ranging input offered by faculty and students and are especially grateful to those who have chosen to participate in our pilot.”
Pilot results will be analyzed over the coming months, and a spring semester pilot will commence in January 2017. Look for an update about these efforts early spring semester.