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Course Evaluations

Course evaluations are an important part of Coastal Carolina University's commitment to excellence in teaching. At the end of each semester, Coastal collects student feedback about courses and instructors. This student feedback helps:

  • Instructors - to modify and improve their teaching 
  • Deans and department chairs - to evaluate faculty
  • Departments and committees - to review candidates for tenure and promotion, gather data for assessment, and make curricular changes

Beginning with the Fall 2013 semester, Coastal has moved to an online, rather than paper, course evaluation system. The University anticipates considerable savings (and environmental benefits) by reducing the amount spent on paper and printing. In addition, changing to online course evaluations will free up considerable time for staff members to work on other important tasks, will provide results more quickly to departments, and increase class time available for other priorities in the last week of the semester. No more No. 2 pencils, no more moving packets of paper around campus, and no more trying to decipher handwritten comments!

An excellent, well-documented resource for questions about response rates and the accuracy of online course evaluations may be found at the University of Oregon's website.

The course evaluation system is administered through the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analysis. Information about the course evaluation system is available on this website, by emailing irsurvey@coastal.edu or by contacting the IRAA staff.

Instructors who wish to receive student evaluations for classes with less than six students must request them no later than one week (5 working days) prior to the start of that semester's evaluations. The instructor must inform students that such evaluation is optional.

The course evaluation calendar for Spring 2016 is:


Spring I Spring II
Evaluations open to students at
8 a.m.; invitation sent to g.coastal.edu address

April 11

February 17

April 25

1st reminder email

April 19

February 22

April 29

2nd reminder email

April 25



Evaluations close to students at
midnight; final reminder email

April 28

February 24

May 3

Finals (or WebAdvisor's end of
course for short semesters)

April 29

February 25

May 4