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The online SET system represents the official form of instructor evaluation at the University of Idaho. It currently includes:

  • Automatic emails to students reminding them to go online and complete their course evaluations.
  • An online form that students fill out for each separate course in which they are registered.
  • A Menu Selection Interface from which course instructors choose additional items to add to their course evaluation form.
  • An Online Response Rate Report which shows real time response rate data.
  • An Online Reporting System allowing administrators and faculty to view the results of their course evaluations.

Responsibility for the administration of the online SET system is divided into two offices. The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs is responsible for setting policy and procedures that will govern the evaluation system. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation is responsible for carrying out the policy and development of the online SET system.

All courses are being opened for online evaluation except the following:

  • Courses with the Subject Codes 'LAW' and 'MEDS'
  • Courses involving individual study, including:
  • Workshops - (203, 403, 503)
  • Directed Study - (299, 499, 502)
  • Internships - (298, 398, 498, 598)
  • Professional Development - (405, 505)
  • Master's Research and Thesis - (500)
  • Graduate Practicum - (597)
  • Research - (599)
  • Research and Dissertation - (600)

Typically the evaluation period for a course begins 3 weeks before the course ends. The evaluation period for full-semester courses ends on the Sunday before the semester's final exam week. The Evaluation Schedule lists each courses that will be evaluated and it provides Course and Instructor information, the "Turn On Evaluation Date" and the "Turn Off Evaluation Date."

At the beginning of each semester, course instructors have the opportunity to design their evaluation forms to fit each course. Using a menu item, course instructors may add and change items as many times as they wish until the first evaluation is completed. Once a student has submitted an evaluation for a course, menu items cannot be changed for that course.

At a pre-specified time for each course, the online SET system is turned on. Students receive one initial email when the evaluation period for their courses is turned on and an additional email each week until they have completed the evaluations or the evaluation period has ended.

The evaluation period ends before final exams begin. After the evaluation period is closed, students cannot complete an online course evaluation.

In 2000, the faculty council formed a task force to investigate the feasibility and worth of an online evaluation system. There were several advantages to an online SET system, including:

  • The flexibility of the new menu-based form was only obtainable through an online system.
  • Faculty and administrators can receive their results much faster with an online system.
  • Student confidentiality can be controlled to a higher degree (no handwriting analysis possible).
  • Data processing is more reliable.
  • The cost of processing paper forms is much higher than for the online SET system.

With few exceptions, the online SET system is the official system for student evaluations. Paper evaluations are no longer being processed centrally by the University of Idaho. They might be used for workshops or other accelerated courses. Colleges and professors may choose to utilize additional evaluation tools.

If you do not know your PIN or tried logging on unsuccessfully more than 3 times, visit the ITS helpdesk located in the Commons, TLC 128, and request to have your PIN reset. Or, refer to the phone numbers below based on your affiliation with the University of Idaho:

  • Moscow area: 208-885-6731
  • Boise area: 208-334-2999
  • Coeur d'Alene area: 208-667-2588
  • Idaho Falls area: 208-282-7816

If you have logged in successfully and the online SET system is not working, email studeval@uidaho.edu.

Student Questions

The User ID can be one of the following: Your U of I Student ID, Vnumber or Social Security Number. Your PIN is initially set to your birthday followed by 2 zeros 'MMDD00'. The 2 zeros are not your birth year. The first time you logon, you are required to change this PIN.

If your User ID and PIN have been de-activated, visit the Information Technology Services Helpdesk located in the Commons, TLC 128 and request to have your PIN reset. Or, refer to the phone numbers below based on your affiliation with the University of Idaho:

  • Moscow area: 208-885-6731
  • Boise area: 208-334-2999
  • Coeur d'Alene area: 208-667-2588
  • Idaho Falls area: 208-282-7816

When a student submits a course evaluation, his/her identity is separated from the evaluation he/she submits. A flag is entered into one file which contains the student's identity. This tells the SET system whether a student has completed the evaluation for a particular course. The content of the evaluation is entered into a separate table that does not include the student's identity. These two tables cannot be linked. This process is completed automatically and is not subject to human intervention. Also, in order to protect the confidentiality of the students, only courses with enrollments of 5 or more are reported.

Typically the evaluation period for a course begins 3 weeks before the course ends. The evaluation period for full-semester courses ends on the Sunday before the semester's final exam week. The Evaluation Schedule lists each courses that will be evaluated and it provides Course and Instructor information, the "Turn On Evaluation Date" and the "Turn Off Evaluation Date."

Course Instructor Questions

Login to the University of Idaho Banner Web Interface, or go directly to the Course Instructor portion of the online Student Evaluation of Teaching system and choose the "Item Selection" hyperlink. For step-by-step instructions, go to the webpage, Information for Instructors.

For each course, instructors must add items to their evaluation form before the first student completes the form. Evaluation periods typically open three weeks before the last day of classes. Instructors are encouraged to check the Evaluation Schedule to confirm the dates of when their classes will be turned on and off.

If you do not add any items before the first student responds to the course evaluation, the default "standard form" will be used. The SET Standard Form consists of nine questions.

  • What grade do you expect to receive?
  • What grade were you working to achieve?
  • How often did you attend class?
  • How often were you fully prepared for class?
  • How would you rate the quality of your effort in this course?
  • Overall, how would you rate the instructor's performance in teaching this course?
  • Comment on the instructor's performance. What was most helpful? what could be improved?
  • Overall, how would you rate the quality of this course?
  • Comment on the quality of this course. What was most helpful? What could be improved?

Typically the evaluation period for a course begins 3 weeks before the course ends. The evaluation period for full-semester courses ends on the Sunday before the semester's final exam week. The Evaluation Schedule lists each courses that will be evaluated and it provides Course and Instructor information, the "Turn On Evaluation Date" and the "Turn Off Evaluation Date."

Physical Address:
Admin, Room 208
Moscow, ID 83844-3163

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3163
Moscow, ID 83844-3163

Phone: 208-885-7995

Fax: 208-885-7998

Email: ir@uidaho.edu

Web: Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation

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