SIRS — The Student Instructional Ratings Survey
The Student Instructional Rating Survey (SIRS) is a University-wide survey of students for their comments about their experiences in the classroom. The results are used by the individual instructors, departments, schools and the University for the assessment and improvement of teaching. Faculty members are asked to provide summaries of the student survey statistics for personnel decisions such as tenure, promotion or merit-based pay. All members of the University have access to the summary statistics from the student surveys at https://sirs.ctaar.rutgers.edu. Results prior to 2001 that are not available online are archived at the Rutgers University Libraries.
- Procedures and Deadlines
- List of Surveys for Current Semester
- University Senate Resolution on Best Practices in Assessment of Teaching
- Online SIRS
- Paper SIRS
- SIRS Results for students and the university community
- Guidelines for interpreting the SIRS data
- How to read the summary statistics sheet
- For Department Administrators:
Transition to Online SIRS
Most courses currently use the online survey format. The paper system will be available in Fall and Spring semesters only, with some significant changes:
- Any department using paper forms for Fall should not expect their results until Summer. We will process the Fall and Spring paper forms at the same time, and distribute those results in summer. Survey results for online surveys will be distributed three weekdays after the last day of exams.
- We ask all departments, whether using the online system or the paper system, to fill in instructor information in an Excel template and return it to us by the 7th week of the semester. We will email you the template at the start of the semester.
- If you wish to begin using the online survey, the department chair should please notify us of the decision in writing (email or paper), and refer to our procedures for the online SIRS system.
Note: CTAAR generally tries to avoid calling the this process "teaching evaluations". The evaluation of an instructor's performance is an ongoing process that should include peer review, construction of a teaching portfolio, and an assessment of student learning outcomes in addition to student ratings. "Rating survey" is a more accurate term for this one facet of the teaching evaluation process.