Beginning this semester, students can say goodbye to pesky course evaluation Scantrons.
As classes come to an end, most departments will be administering evaluations online, saving the University paper, working hours and cash. The move will also lead to faster response times, with professors receiving the results of the survey in early January rather than March.
Lynn Williford, the assistant provost for institutional research and assessment, said UNC has sought to move the evaluations online for several years.
“This has been a goal for many years — it goes back to probably about 2000,” she said. “It was kind of off-and-on for a while. We have spent some time pilot-testing online evaluations to find out what a downside might be.”
Williford said they couldn’t find many downsides. She said the University’s new contract with Digital Measures, a company that provides web-based services for many institutions across the country, will save UNC about 50,000 sheets of paper per semester.
But Giovana Espejo said it gets harder when her professors ask her to complete the evaluation outside of class.
“I got the e-mail probably three or four days ago,” said the sophomore international studies major. “It’s on the list of things to do, but it’s kind of a hectic time.”
Espejo said she’s unlikely to do an online evaluation on her own time unless she has strong feelings about the class.
“I’d be more likely to do it if I really like the class or hate it,” she said.