Student Course Experience Survey

Efficient set-up and electronic report data prepared for you.

Student Course Experience Survey

Staff in the Group Decision Center set up the NDSU official electronic Student Course Experience Surveys (SCE) (formerly SROIs). SCES are offered in each course at NDSU, typically at the end of each semester. In 2020 - 2021, the Student Rating of Instruction or SROIs (now called SCES) was reviewed and the standard questions asked were modified. This page includes the updated questions.

Historically, SCES were offered in paper format and are still offered that way in a number of courses. However, many departments and instructors have moved to the electronic version for its ease of use, convenient distribution methods, and ability to use the raw data for further analysis.

Each semester Group Decision Center staff set up more than 1,500 electronic SCES. To ensure this process runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible, please read through the benefits and guidelines for setting up and distributing electronic SCES.

For more information on interpreting and using SCES data to improve your course check out the Office of Teaching and Learning's faculty resources.




Services and Benefits

The following services and benefits are provided to departments and faculty who choose to have their Student Course Experience Surveys set up through the Group Decision Center.

  • Efficient SCES set up by an expert staff member.
  • SCES set up for individual faculty or full departments. 
  • Standard NDSU SCES questions are added to your survey. No need to supply us with those questions.
  • Students are notified by email when their class SCES is available to take. 
  • Periodic email reminders are sent to students who have not taken their SCES yet. 
  • A report is sent to the department after grades are turned in. Departments are asked to distribute reports to only the individuals who need to see them. 
  • Raw data from all SCES is sent to ITS for compilation with paper SCES. 
  • Each department or college is the record holder for the SCES's which allows access to them for as long as necessary.



Instructors and departments interested in having the Group Decision Center set up their Student Course Evaluation Surveys should contact GDC staff by the second week of each semester. For late start classes, contact the GDC staff in the first two weeks after the start date of your course. To ensure your surveys are accurate, please proofread the information prior to sending. SCES are set up based on the information you supply us.

For your convenience, deadlines are listed below for fall and spring semesters. When your list is turned in by the deadline stated below you can be guaranteed that your survey will be set up and sent out to students on time. Surveys turned in past the deadline may be sent out late.  

North Dakota State University (NDSU) Group Decision Center staff set up and distribute thousands of surveys each semester, so it is critical that you get your SCES request in promptly. 



The deadline for summer session Student Course Experience Surveys varies by session start date, please have your SCES requests in by the end of the second week of your class session. 

  • JANUARY 27, 2023  |  Student Course Experience Survey Initial Requests Due  |  Spring Semester
  • FEBRUARY 17, 2023  |  Student Course Experience Survey Final Requests Due For 8-Week Classes  |  Spring Semester
  • APRIL 14, 2023  |  Student Course Experience Survey Final Requests Due For Full-Session Classes  |  Spring Semester
  • SEPTEMBER 5, 2023  |  Student Course Experience Survey Initial Requests Due  |  Fall Semester
  • SEPTEMBER 25, 2023  |  Student Course Experience Survey Final Requests Due For 8-Week Classes  |  Fall Semester
  • NOVEMBER 27, 2023  |  Student Course Experience Survey Final Requests Due For Full-Session Classes  |  Fall Semester


Information Required For an SCES:

You can find and download a fillable SCES request form here. Please fill out the request form for all classes that will use an electronic SCES and return it to me no later than the dates listed above.  

  • Semester and year.
  • Instructor ID number.
  • Instructor name.
  • Class name.
  • Class number.
  • Section number. (if appropriate)
  • Catalog department and number. (ex. EDUC 200)
  • Questions you would like to ask other than the standard University SCE questions.
  • Start and end dates for your SCE. 
  • Name of person submitting information. (if different from instructor name)

If you want to combine courses, you can list them like the example below.  

Combine sections in the Sect column using a comma and in Class# column using a /


Designate An Individual to Submit All Class Information

If the majority of classes in your department are using the electronic SCES, we ask that you have one designated person submit this information for all classes. Due to the sensitive nature of SCES, the individual submitting all class information should be an administrative staff member, department chair, or department head. The designated individual will receive a copy of the tallied SCES for each class and are responsible for forwarding them on to the appropriate individuals. SCES should only be sent to individuals who need to see them or are affiliated with the class. The designated individual should NOT send a mass email with the results of every class to a departmental faculty listserv.  


Record Keeping

NDSU’s record retention policy indicates that each department is the record holder of the SCES/SROI and therefore the Group Decision Center must delete its copies. The Group Decision Center has chosen to maintain these records for one full academic year in the event there are questions regarding an SCES/SROI. Your department will be notified when our retention period is ending for your SCES/SROIs. When you receive notification you will be directed to follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click the link to access your surveys.  (You will receive a unique link containing your department's SCES reports for that time period.) The link may either be a Google Drive accessible only to you or a Secure File Transfer link. 
  • Step 2: Download these documents. To download your surveys in Google Drive, right click on the document title to open a menu and select the download option from that menu. To download your surveys from a secure file transfer, look for a blue "Download Files" button toward the bottom of the email.
  • Step 3: Save your surveys in a secure spot and retain them for your department/college. (Note: Instructors must only have access to their own course surveys.) 
  • Step 4: Notify when you have downloaded and saved a copy of your department/college’s SCES/SROI from the link you receive.  




Standard NDSU SCES Questions

The following Likert scale questions are used on all NDSU Student Course Evaluation surveys and Midterm Feedback Evaluations regardless of the mode of distribution. The Group Decision Center automatically adds these questions to SCES.  

Standard Student Course Evaluation Questions
Questions UsedStrongly DisagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly Agree
This instructor provided well-defined course objectives.
This instructor provided content and materials that were clear and well organized.
I understand how my grades were assigned in this course.
I met or exceeded the course objectives given for this course.
The instructor was available to assist students outside of class.
The instructor provided feedback to me in a timely manner.
The instructor provided relevant feedback that helped me learn.
The instructor set and maintained high standards that students must meet.
The physical environment was conducive to learning.



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