Teaching Quality Survey

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

  • Quality of Nonclassroom Interactions with Faculty
  • Faculty Interest in Teaching and Student Development
  • Prompt Feedback
  • Teaching Clarity and Organization

This survey was based on questions from the Wabash National Study on in- and out-of-classroom teaching practices that were especially effective at promoting 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 was designed to help institutions identify strengths and weaknesses in the teaching that their students experience and useful areas on which to focus professional development activities for faculty. The Teaching Quality Survey was based on extensive research on teaching practices that have broad impact on students’ development and intellectual growth. For more information, see the following articles:

Blaich, C., & Wise, K. (2011). From gathering to using assessment results: Lessons from the Wabash National Study (NILOA Occasional Paper No. 8). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

Loes, C. N., & Pascarella, E. T. (2015). The benefits of good teaching extend beyond course achievement.  Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 15(2), 1–13.

Loes, C. N., Saichaie, K., Padgett, R. D., & Pascarella, E. T. (2012). The effects of teacher behaviors on students’ inclination to inquire and lifelong learning. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, 6(2), 1–20.

Pascarella, E.T., & Blaich, C. (2013). Lessons from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning,45(2), 6–15.

In 2016-2017 we did a pilot project with the Teaching Quality Survey

In this, 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 administered the Teaching Quality Survey free of charge.

For information about this project, please contact

Charles Blaich or Kathy Wise.


Please contact us if you have questions about the 2016-2017 HEDS Teaching Quality Survey.