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Requesting FCQ Data
NOTE: Most data are now available online. See the Data Requester.
The FCQ office has on (computer) file Faculty Course Questionnaire
results for fall and spring terms from fall 1982 to the
present. Some types of information are not available for
terms before fall 1988. You can request reports and/or
computer files by contacting us at
- e-mail to fcq@Colorado.EDU
- phone (303) 492-7069
- 15 UCB
- Regent 1B29
We ask that you
- Read the FCQ Statistical Details
entry on our web pages
- Read this section carefully before contacting us
- Let us know that you want files or reports. A staff member will then
contact you to discuss the details of your request.
- Give us plenty of lead time.
For each course section evaluated we have the following information.
- Year and term
- Campus, college, FCQ department, course subject, and course number
(can be used to specify level as graduate vs. undergraduate or upper
vs. lower division)
- Course activity type (lecture, seminar, lab, etc.) and most recent
course title (both from fall 1988 on only)
- Instructor group (called I_GROUP in our files; A, B, or C from
fall 1990 on; A vs. B-C prior to that), where
- A : tenured and tenure-track
- B : other primary instructors, including GPTI, adjunct, visiting,
- C : teaching assistants.
- Number of forms requested and returned and percent returned =
- Percentage of returned forms with A-F responses on the course
rating question. This figure is not stored for other questions because
it's usually over 90% for all questions except the two on diversity
- Percentage of forms requested that were returned AND had A-F
responses on the course rating; this represents the overall response
- Instructor name and ID
- Number of group and individual optional questions used
- Average ratings for each of the 12 standard questions. Our short
names for the questions are shown in caps in the list below.
- PRESENT Presentation of course material
- EXPLAIN Explanations of assignments
- ASSIGN Relevance of assignments to course
- FAIRNESS Fairness of grading policies
- WORKLOAD Workload relative to the credit given
- DIV-STU Instructor's treatment of ethnic minority and female
- DIV-ISSUE How the course addressed issues and information
about women and ethnic minorities
- ACCESS Accessibility of instructor
- MOTIVE How well the instructor motivated students to explore
the subject further
- LEARN Course as a learning experience
- COURSE This course, compared to all your other university
- INSTRUCTOR This instructor, compared to all your other university
- Percentage of returned forms with A-F responses on the student
diversity and issue diversity questions
- Section standard deviations for the course and instructor questions
(on file for fall 1992 on; we can calculate for any question for
this and prior terms).
- More detailed information, including response frequencies, raw
responses, and responses to optional questions, is also available
for most terms.
CONSIDERING YOUR REQUEST
BEFORE you contact us to request a report or file, please consider
- What you're going to do with the information you get. We can
fill your needs far better if we know what they are!
- What group of course sections you're interested in. Look especially
at numbers 1-8 above. For example, do you want data for
- all terms?
- a particular instructor only?
- what subjects or departments or colleges?
- all course levels? For many types of analysis, graduate courses
should be excluded.
- all activity types? Should labs and recitations be excluded?
- all instructor groups, group A only, or what?
- courses of all sizes, or only those with over or under a
specified number of sheets requested or returned?
- sections where the return rate or response rate is under
50%? under 60%? These can be excluded if you like.
- What groups of courses you do want to keep separate in your report
or file? For example, should instructor groups A and B be combined
or separated? Should each term be shown separately?
- Do you need results shown for individual instructors?
- What measures are you interested in? The course rating? Instructor
rating? Both? Other ratings? Workload?
- Do you want listings of sections? In what order? With what identifiers?
Distributions? Averages? Standard deviations? What?
- How should averages be calculated--we MUST know this before we
can calculate any averages for you! We can do this two ways:
- We can add up average ratings from all sections in the group(s)
you specify so that each section contributes equally to the
resulting group average. This is the UNWEIGHTED method that
is used to calculate the department and campus averages shown
on the section reports from fall 1990 on. This method is appropriate
when you want to characterize a group of SECTIONS.
- We can weight each section by the number of sheets returned.
This is the WEIGHTED method. In this method, larger sections
contribute more to the group average. Because these sections
often have lower section averages, the weighted group average
is often--but NOT always--lower than the unweighted group average.
This method is appropriate when you want to characterize a group
of STUDENTS--that is, those who rated a group of sections.
- If you want the data as a computer file: What format should the
file be in? On electronic mail? In a microcomputer format such as
Lotus 1-2-3, ASCII, Macintosh Excel, SAS, SPSS, or dBase? Do you
have someone who can handle the file and extract the information
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