Tips on Increasing Student Response Rates

  • Set aside class time for students to complete SET online
  • “Prime” student participation by asking students in class by a show of hands how many plan on completing SET
  • Remind students early (2-3 weeks prior) that the time for SET is approaching
  • Remind students on multiple occasions to complete SET
  • Review with students how to complete SET online
  • Include evaluation period dates on the course syllabus
  • Talk to students about the importance of SET and explain how you and other instructors use student responses to improve their teaching and courses
  • Increase student engagement in the course: the greater the amount of faculty/student engagement in the course, the greater the response rates on SET
  • Reassure students about the confidentiality of the SET process

Online Resources

Online Resources

Johnson, T. (2002). Online student ratings: Will students respond? Paper presented at the annual

Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, 2002. Retrieved from

San Francisco State University.  Student evaluations of teaching effectiveness.  Retrieved from

SUNY Orange. Strategies to increase response rate of online course evaluations. Retrieved from

David Wright:

Higher SET Completion Rates in the Classroom

Madeleine Elfenbein:

“Teaching Students to Evaluate Us Better: Advice for Soliciting Constructive Feedback from Your Students"