Guidance for faculty on administering fall 2020 course evaluations

Key course evaluation dates are now available in the 2020-21 course evaluation calendarFaculty should review the calendar to note how the adjusted fall 2020 academic calendar may have impacted timing of course evaluations. 

Fall 2020 session 1 evaluations will open on Wednesday, Nov11, and close on Tuesday, Nov. 24, the last day of session 1 classes. Results will be available to faculty on Wednesday, Dec. 16 (the day after session 1 grades are due).

Course evaluation instruments by modality
All MOCES evaluations include the four core questions used for promotion and tenure; however, some questions on the evaluation differ based on the instruction mode of the class. Faculty who have not previously taught distance or blended classes should review the questions on these instruments. For a description on how the instruments differ, see the comparison of instruments document.

Links to each instrument are below: 

  • In-person (C1 and C2 instruction modes) 
  • Distance (D1, D2, and DS instruction modes) 
  • Blended (BL instruction mode) 

Questions about which instrument to use should be directed toward individuals’ department chair, associate dean or by emailing

Promotion and tenure report updates
To facilitate future interpretation of course evaluation results in promotion and tenure dossiers, additional information will be included in the “Instructor Profile (MOCES) – Promotion and Tenure” report in the Faculty Activities Database (FAD). First, the instruction mode of current and previous classes will be added to the report. Second, a note will indicate that spring 2020 course evaluations were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lastly, a note will indicate that faculty may have taught fall 2020 classes in an instruction mode different than previous semesters due to the pandemic. 

Pivot to remote instruction
If the university must fully or partially pivot to remote instruction in fall 2020, the provost  in consultation with University Academic Senate Executive Committee, Marquette University Student Government, Graduate Student Organization, Academic Deans Council, Committee on Teaching and the University Committee on Faculty Promotions and Tenure – will evaluate whether any changes to the course evaluation process for fall 2020 are warranted.