Teaching Quality Survey

We are doing a pilot project with the Teaching Quality Survey in 2016–2017 in which a limited number of community colleges, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), other special mission institutions, and institutions that focus on serving students with significant financial need can administer the Teaching Quality Survey free of charge. For information about this project, please contact Charles Blaich or Kathy Wise.

The Teaching Quality Survey asks students about four important components of high-quality teaching:

  • Quality of Nonclassroom Interactions with Faculty – 5 questions, Cronbach's α = 0.88
  • Faculty Interest in Teaching and Student Development – 5 questions, Cronbach's α = 0.89
  • Prompt Feedback – 2 questions, Cronbach's α = 0.77
  • Teaching Clarity and Organization – 10 questions, Cronbach's α = 0.93

This survey is based on questions from the Wabash National Study. Student responses on these questions are correlated with growth on a host of outcomes including critical thinking, interest in engaging intellectually difficult questions, moral reasoning, academic motivation, retention, grades, and interest in and attitudes about diversity.

The Teaching Quality Survey takes approximately 5–10 minutes to complete and can be administered to students in any class year. Our reports will focus on first- and fourth-year students since we can guarantee comparative data from the Wabash National Study for those cohorts. If at least 10 participating institutions survey students in the second and third years, we will be able to provide comparative information on those cohorts as well. 

Survey Administration

The standard administration period for the Teaching Quality Survey is 3–6 weeks.

Survey Liaison

To ensure a smooth administration process, we require that you designate one individual from your institution to serve as the survey liaison. We will direct all communication to the survey liaison, and the survey liaison is responsible for contacting other people on her or his campus about the survey as necessary. The survey liaison will have other responsibilities that differ by administration method. We will provide details about these responsibilities after you register.

Administration Methods

The Teaching Quality Survey can be administered by two different methods:

  • Email Method – A member of the HEDS staff sends your students an individualized email invitation with a unique link to the survey. If students do not complete the survey, we will send reminders via email. You may customize both the invitation and the reminders. Email is the most common administration method.
  • Authentication Method – Your institution’s survey liaison distributes a general survey link and a unique password to your students so they can log into the survey. Institutions often use this method when they wish to administer the survey in a classroom or computer lab.

HEDS administers this survey via the commercial survey engine Qualtrics. Survey liaisons can use Qualtrics to monitor how many students have responded to the survey and when they responded, and they can also view and download reports of participants’ responses during and after the administration period.

Other Teaching Quality Survey Information

  • IRB approval – The Teaching Quality Survey has been approved by the Wabash College Institutional Review Board (IRB) as a voluntary survey. We encourage your institution’s survey liaison to contact the IRB at your institution to determine whether their approval is needed prior to administering the survey.
  • Mandatory participation – Institutions should not make the survey mandatory or use survey incentives that may affect voluntary participation without consulting their institution’s IRB. In addition, the introduction to the Teaching Quality Survey, which informs participants that the survey is voluntary, cannot be altered.
  • Embedding institution names in the survey – We will configure the survey so that your institution’s name appears prominently on each page.

Registering for the Teaching Quality Survey

We are doing a pilot project with a limited number of institutions using the Teaching Quality Survey this year. The Teaching Quality Survey will be offered to HEDS institutions again in 2017–2018.

Teaching Quality Survey Administration Contact

Please contact Kathy Wise (also at 765-361-6581) if you have any questions about administering the Teaching Quality Survey.


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