Academic Affairs

Information for Online Course Evaluations


Student participation in the course evaluation process is very important. Faculty members learn a great deal about their teaching as well as the content and organization of their courses. The feedback provided is closely followed by the College Deans, Department Chairs and other senior administrators to assess the educational experience at Emerson and better inform personnel and curricular decisions.  We need student feedback to make this process a success.

Course evaluations are used in many ways:

  • By all students, to gain early access to their grades each term
  • By professors, to improve their teaching
  • By deans and department chairs, in evaluating faculty
  • By award committees, in selecting teaching award winners
  • By departments and committees, in evaluating candidates for tenure and promotion

Course evaluation schedule

Course evaluations open one week before the last day of classes and generally close one week after grades are due.

Academic Year 2013-2014

  • Fall 2013
    • Open – December 3rd
    • Close – December 31st
  • Spring 2014
    • Open – April 18th
    • Close – May 12th
  • May Intercession
    • Open – May 16th
    • Close – May 20th
  • Summer 1 Term
    • Open – June 23rd
    • Close – July 2nd
  • Summer 2 and Full Summer Term
    • Open – August 5th
    • Close – August 14th

Course evaluation instrument

Instructions for students

  1. Sign into eCommon:
  2. From the ‘Student Services’ tab you should see a channel labeled ‘Course Evaluations’. 
  3. Click on the 'Submit Course and Instructor Evaluations' link in that channel.
  4. Review your responses to the survey items making sure that your responses and comments are intended for the instructor and the course identified at the top of the screen.

The responses you provide will remain confidential. Faculty will not have access to the evaluations until after grades are submitted and the online application being used to collect responses prevents faculty from seeing any names, ID numbers, or any other identifying student information when viewing the evaluation.

Instructions for faculty

Accessing Response Rate when evaluations are in progress

  1. Sign into eCommon:
  2. From the ‘Faculty’ tab you should see a channel labeled ‘Faculty Tools’. 
  3. Click on the ‘Course Evaluations’ link and a new browser window or browser tab will open.
  4. Once the ‘Course Evaluations’ page appears you can click ‘Participation’ to review the current response rate of your evaluations.

Accessing course evaluations

  1. Sign into eCommon:
  2. From the ‘Faculty’ tab you should see a channel labeled ‘Faculty Tools’. 
  3. Click on the ‘Course Evaluations’ link and a new browser window or browser tab will open.
  4. Once the ‘Course Evaluations’ page appears, select the term you want to review from the drop-down list and click the "Review Evaluations" button.
  5. Clicking on a course will bring you to the summary of student responses for that course


If you discover you’ve made a mistake on your evaluation after submitting it, please email

contact information

If you have any questions about course evaluations, please contact

Food For Thought

Connect with your professor outside the classroom!

The Food for Thought Program provides undergraduate students an opportunity to discuss class work, career aspirations, or just learn more about your faculty mentors.

Even without a meal plan. Each Semester, students can take one faculty member to a meal for free. Simply swipe your card to pay for the meal and bring a meal ticket for the faculty member.

This option is available in the Little Building dining hall. You receive two meals (you and your faculty guest) for this program a semester.

Regardless of whether you have a meal plan, two additional meals will available to you and accessible through your student ID. When you bring a faculty member to lunch, you’ll swipe your ID twice and then the faculty swipes their ID as well.

Please download this flyer for an invitation and conversation starters.