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Universal Student Ratings of Instruction (USRI)

On October 12, 1993, the General Faculties Council (GFC) of the University of Alberta modified its policy concerning Teaching Evaluation and Student Evaluation of Instruction to include the requirement for collection of students' ratings of instruction on a University-wide basis using a basic set of mandated questions. The policy also made provision for releasing the associated results to the Students' Union and the Graduate Students' Association. Currently, results are not made "public" unless there have been at least 10 completed questionnaires for a class.

In 2011, online access to results was restricted to those who are registered as Students.  This was followed by allowing instructors to see results for their own classes and, later, providing access to Deans, Chairs and Directors to view results for their employees.  This latter access includes the Interim and Acting roles but not Associate or Assistant.  Beginning in July 2012,  Deans, Chairs and Directors may extend this access to individuals whom they designate by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. which provides:

  • their name and employee number
  • the name and employee number of the person to whom they wish to grant designated access.

The current version of this policy may be viewed by linking to Section 111 of the GFC Policy Manual.

Included in this policy is the following cautionary note concerning the results obtained from students' ratings.

Student questionnaires form an important part of evaluating teaching effectiveness but cannot be taken alone as a complete assessment of an instructor or course. Factors other than an instructor's teaching ability may influence ratings. These factors include class size, class level, Faculty, time of class, required versus optional course, grade expectations, student GPA, gender, race, ethnicity, age of both students and instructors.

Small differences in evaluation should not be considered as meaningful.

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