Frequently Asked Questions 

1. What is Course Evaluation?

A course evaluation is an easy and effective way for students to anonymously communicate their needs and experiences with instructors.


2. Why should I care?

Educating responsible, responsive, and self-managing students lies within the core of Sabanci University’s mission.  For this reason, CIAD and IT provide this tool to both students and faculty to better the quality of education SU provides. By completing course evaluations, you will be helping to improve your education along with the structure and system of your university.

The feedback from your course evaluations can be used to inform faculty and other students about the effectiveness of a course, its instructor and its teaching assistants. Constructive suggestions that may help the faculty member to improve the lectures, readings, assignments and exams are particularly valuable.


3. Is it really anonymous?

Yes, it is. SAKAI, a course evaluation tool, is being used widely in many universities, such as Cambridge, University of Michigan, and Virginia Tech.  In the use of SAKAI, anonymity is a core value and we can assure you that SAKAI is not open to faculty members, system workers, and none of the university personnel. Instructors cannot identify which submissions belong to which students. The main goal of the course evaluations is to help our University to reach its high level of educational goals with your involvement and feedback. 

4. How does it work?

At the end of each semester, for lecture courses, 12 questions based on a five-point Likert scale and 4 open-ended questions are being asked of all students. Moreover, for laboratory, discussion, and recitation sections, 6 questions based on a five-point Likert scale and 2 open-ended questions are being asked. The answers are scored 0 to 5 in the following Likert scale: 

0= Not Applicable

1= Strongly Disagree

 2= Disagree 

3= Neutral

4= Agree

5=Strongly Agree. 

The results are analyzed by the Information Technology Department. The overall satisfaction rates and the standard deviation of the questions asked are calculated and the individual results are presented to the faculty members and the teaching assistants. Furthermore, the summary results will be shared with students and faculty members.


5. When will online evaluations be available for students to complete?

Online evaluations open for a three-week period beginning approximately two weeks before final exams. Students receive an announcement e-mail providing instructions for filling out the online forms. 


6. What can I do if I missed the course evaluation deadline?

Evaluations cannot be completed after the deadline.


7. What courses are eligible for online course evaluations? Not all of my courses are appearing on my list.

Courses with at least three students enrolled, with the exception of some Activity, Independent Study, Internship, and Thesis/Dissertation courses, are evaluated.


8. Who can see the results?

Instructors can see their own results and the results of their teaching assistants. Students can also access the faculty based quantitative data of undergraduate and graduate courses.  Faculty deans determine who has access to general and individual qualitative data (i.e., student comments). Security requests should be directed to CIAD.