SRI Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

Evaluations will be open based on the part of term the course is taught, please see the main SRI page for a full table of dates.

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Click on a question to view the answer:

How do I see my results from past semesters?

  • Log in to UVLink
  • Click on the Faculty/Advisor tab
  • Click on "Teaching" tab on the right menu
  • Click on "Course Evaluation Reporting" link under the "STUDENT RATING OF INSTRUCTION" section.

You will be directed to the SRI system, where you can then click on the number of evaluations taken to see the survey detail. A complete SRI System Guide can be found here.

Can I tell how many students have submitted their survey during the evaluation period?

Yes. You can check student response rates throughout the survey period by looking at the SRI section in UVLink. See this screenshot for help to find it. You will receive a periodic e-mail from the survey system with a listing of the classes you teach and the response rate.

When can I see the actual survey results?

You will not be able to see any actual survey results until all grades are submitted for a class. Once all of your grades are submitted, you can see the results by clicking on the "Course Evaluation Reporting" link under the "STUDENT RATING OF INSTRUCTION" section, under "Teaching" on the "Faculty/Advisor" tab. In addition, an e-mail will be sent to you one to two weeks after grades are due containing the results for each class section you teach.

What information is included in the survey results?

The number of students responding, and response breakdowns are provided for each question on the survey, by class section. You will also be able to see summary information for each of the three demographic questions in the current survey. You have the option to view comparative course, department, college, and university data when you view your results via UVLink.

What information is NOT included in the survey results?

The survey is anonymous, and you will not be able to tell whether particular students have submitted surveys or not.

When can students complete SRIs?

Typically, students can complete SRIs beginning two weeks prior to the final day of classes, until 6 days after the final day of classes for most classes. Please refer to the SRI Key Dates table for more detailed information.

Will students be reminded to participate in SRIs, in addition to my own reminders and incentives?

Students will receive an email containing a link to the survey at the beginning of the survey period, and then weekly until they complete the survey or the survey closes. Announcements will also be made through UV Announcements in UVLink.

How can I encourage students to participate in the SRI process?

The effectiveness of the SRI system is largely founded on the instructor's support of that system as a way for their students to provide feedback. Continued reminders and encouragement in class can go a long way to increasing the response rate for your SRIs. You can also send personal e-mail reminders to your classes using your course lists. If you have course content within Canvas, you can use those tools to communicate with your students about SRIs. Some instructors choose to provide extra credit. If your class meets in a computer lab, you can allot time in class for students to complete their SRIs online.

If I offer extra credit for completion of the survey, how can the student prove their participation?

The survey is anonymous, but students can print a confirmation receipt after they have completed the survey. This receipt remains available to them as long as the surveys are still open. If the students have completed the survey without printing a receipt, they can access the receipt by clicking on the link in the SRI email they were sent for your class.

I'm a department chair. How can I see survey results?

All reporting on survey results is suspended while surveys are open. After the surveys close, and all grades are in, access is reinstated. When access has been restored, you will need to login to your UVLink, click on the Faculty/Advisor tab and then "Teaching." You should be able to access the survey results in the "STUDENT RATING OF INSTRUCTION" section on that page. You can see the comparative data from within UVLink. You can receive this at any time or submit report requests by calling Laura Busby at (801) 863-8456.

Can the students see their grades before they have taken the SRIs?

Grades that are submitted through UVLink/Banner are not available to the student until they have either filled out the SRI or declined to fill out the SRI. When they decline they are no longer allowed to fill out an SRI. Grades that are placed in Canvas are not tied to Banner and are not official grades. If you keep track of grades in Canvas, students can use the Canvas system to guess at their final grade while filling out an evaluation.

I taught a class that the instructor was originally listed as "Staff" and now the SRIs are not showing up in my results, why?

If you cannot access your results, contact your department chair. It may be helpful in the future to speak to the person in charge of scheduling for your department a few weeks before the end of the term to confirm that your name and UVID number has been attached to the class. If this has not been changed on the official record before surveys open, you will not have any survey results.

Why are some of my students not getting their SRI emails?

The emails are sent to students' UVLink accounts. The SRI emails will not be sent to their personal emails and the students may miss them if they have not linked their UVLink email to their personal email. Even after they link their UVLink email to their personal email, after it leaves UVLink we cannot control what happens to it and it may end up in their personal email Spam folder. The email will also return to us as “Undeliverable” if the student’s UVLink email inbox is full. 

How will the new MyUVU student email affect SRIs?

SRI surveys will be sent to your students' new MyUVU gmail accounts in the same way that they were sent to their UVLink accounts. The SRI emails will not be sent to their personal email accounts and they may miss them if they have not linked their MyUVU gmail account to their personal email. After linking their MyUVU gmail account to their personal email, when it leaves their MyUVU gmail we cannot control what happens to it and it may end up in their personal email Spam folder. If the students' MyUVU gmail inbox is full, the SRI email will return to us as "Undeliverable." After they have made room in their MyUVU gmail inbox, another survey link will be sent to them the following week.

What questions will be on the SRI survey?

The SRI survey questions are currently being reviewed for possible update. We are conducting a pilot with new questions for a few selected departments. The results of the pilot will be considered during the next Faculty Senate meeting and it will be decided if the new questions will become permanent for all departments. If you would like to view the Current Survey Questions or the New Survey Questions, you may do so by clicking on the links included in this paragraph.

I have additional questions that were not answered in this FAQ. Who should I contact for answers?

If you have other questions, please contact your department chair or Kathren Brown at (801)863-8517 or via e-mail at KBrown@uvu.edu.

Dear Faculty member,

We know that feedback is important in your effort to improve the quality of teaching at UVU. We appreciate your assistance in encouraging your students to participate in the SRI process each semester. Here are some hints as to how you can do this:

  1. Explain the purpose and importance of student feedback and how you have used the data in the past to improve your teaching.
  2. Remind students periodically during the evaluation period how many have completed the survey and that you would appreciate all of them taking the time to give you some feedback on your teaching.
  3. Add the following information to your Course Syllabus: The Student Rating of Instructor (SRI) will be available online the last three weeks of the semester. Your feedback is expected and used by the instructor to improve the teaching and learning experience of the course. Your anonymity and confidentiality of your responses is assured: your instructors will NOT be able to determine what you have said or how you have rated them.
  4. Inform students of the dates that the evaluation will be available online. Tell or show students how to access the online survey in UVLink and let them know who they can contact if they need help.

If you have problems logging into UVLink call the UVU IT Service Desk at 801-863-8888. For questions or suggestions regarding the survey please email sri@uvu.edu.