About the FCQ Redesign Project 

The FCQ Redesign Project entered into a pilot phase for a limited audience from fall 2016 through spring 2017. The faculty, staff and student feedback and patience was appreciated as the formerly mixed paper and online FCQ administration transitioned to a fully online administration fall 2017.

  • Meet the University of Colorado system-wide regents' policies regarding faculty course evaluations
  • Improve the administration of faculty course evaluations through updated technology that enables less reliance on paper and less administrative staffing
  • Enable the improvement of the evaluative instrument through  
    • Improved instrumentation that is both less biased and improves actionable feedback  
    • Possibility for future process improvements that will streamline administration of the evaluations. (In class mobile technology usage, flexible administration methods, etc.)
    • Possibility of future process enhancements. (Faculty driven formative assessment, course level objective driven questions, enhanced reporting, etc.)

The FCQ Redesign committee envisioned a newly improved FCQ process that is modern, both in technology and instrument. This new tool and instrument would enable a more sustainable, less-resource intensive (both physically consumed resources and administrative time) process and would provide faculty with more actionable feedback that is less likely to be affected by systematic bias. Further, the new FCQ tool would allow flexibility at the course, campus and system levels, meaning the tool would enable the customization of the course evaluation instrument while still meeting the Regents' policy and campus, college, school or department evaluative needs. Finally, the committee envisioned a tool that would enable future changes and growth for how CU Boulder, CU Denver and UCCS use the FCQ instrument to evaluate course effectiveness.

Pilot 1


  • Successfully administer the new Campus Labs technology to all the selected pilot courses across all three campuses
  • Secondary Goal: Test Course Learning Questions as possible additional set of FCQ questions

Measures of Success

  1. Analysis of learning questions compared with previous FCQ
  2. Faculty perception of learning questions
  3. Possibly: focus groups with pilot students to discuss their answers of their FCQ  

Pilot 2 


  • Finalize teaching practices questions based on an analysis of previous pilot
  • If analysis of previous pilot warrants, continue testing of course learning questions
  • Secondary goal: Test course objective functionality built into Campus Labs technology that allows individual faculty members to select course objectives and questions that relate to the objectives of the course
  • Tertiary goal: Test ability for pilot faculty to use Campus Labs tool formatively earlier in the semester (technology dependent, may need to be pushed back to fall 2017)

  • Summer 2016: Formed committees, signed vendor agreements and created communication plan.
  • Fall 2016: Entered first pilot phase with limited audience.
  • Spring 2017: Entered second and final pilot phase with larger audience. Made decisions regarding pilot instruments and questions.

Learn more about the detailed progress made during the FCQ Redesign Project by visiting the timeline webpage.