SFF Information for Students

Each semester, the University asks students to provide feedback about courses and instructors by completing SFFs. Instructors use the feedback to improve their teaching and course materials. Student responses also help instructors and administration make tenure and promotion decisions, as well as other important decisions about how courses are taught at the University. Students should fill out the SFFs thoughtfully at the end of each course. [Policy (02.78.14), Nov. 2002]

Thank you for taking the time to complete your SFFs.

Confidentiality

All student feedback is treated seriously and confidentially. To preserve student anonymity, course sections with fewer than five people enrolled are generally not included in the SFF system and instructors will not receive a report.

Instructors do not receive feedback about the course until after all grades have been submitted for the semester, and no identifying information is associated with responses in any reports. After the grading deadline has passed, the SFF Instructor Report will be processed and instructors will receive their SFF reports. This report contains a summary of the rating data and listing of all the comments (anonymously made by the students in the course) to the open-ended questions on the evaluation form.

Completion Instructions

Shortly before classes end each semester, an email will be sent to instructors and students enrolled in courses included in the online evaluation process. A link to the mobile-friendly SFF website will also be posted on TUPortal. Students and instructors can visit the site and monitor the response rate for courses.

New SFF System features for Students

We’ve updated the SFF system!  

The new version of the SFF includes eight, university-level items common to all students: five response-scale items and three open-ended questions. The main feature of the new system is that it allows forms to be customized with the ability to add items at several levels.

This allows instructors, departments, and colleges to each assess aspects of courses and instruction that are of most value to them. This creates a form and evaluation process that better aligns with department, program and instructor needs, making for a more purposeful evaluation of courses and teaching.

All of your SFFs are going to be unique now. Colleges, departments, and instructors have the ability to customize forms for each course. 

We noticed that sometimes students forget to complete all of the items on the SFF. Now, when completing an SFF at sff.temple.edu, if any items have been left blank, the system will direct you to those blank responses, so that you may respond to those items. You can still leave responses blank if you choose.

Students often ask us to reopen their SFFs so that they can make changes to their feedback. You can now change your feedback on your own! Return to the SFF to change or complete their feedback at any time while the SFF is open. Once the SFF is closed, responses cannot be changed. All SFFs close at 8am EST on the day they are scheduled to close.

SFF Data for Students

Selected information about course and instructor feedback from previous semesters' SFF results will be available to students to aid in their course selection process. Only students who completed all SFFs the prior semester and newly matriculated students in their first semester at Temple will have access to view SFF Data for Students. SFF Data for Students is available on TUPortal, under the 'Student Tools' tab. SFF Data for Students will be receiving a makeover, too, and will be available after Fall 2020.

If you have any questions please contact: sff@temple.edu