Frequently Asked Questions about the SOFIs for Faculty
At the request of the Faculty Affairs Committee of the College Senate, in the Spring 2013 semester, the SOFI administration period for full term courses was extended to three weeks. Faculty have the ability to activate the SOFI for their courses during the first week of the SOFI administration. All SOFIs will be activated for the last two weeks of the administration period.
To activate your SOFI during the first week, log in to KnightWeb, click on "Faculty Services" and, at the bottom of the menu that came up, select "SOFI Reports and Administration". From there you can select "SOFI Control Page".
The SOFI Control Page lists faculty's courses that will be included in the SOFI administration for the semester, the SOFI start and end dates, the number of students to be included in the SOFIs and the number of respondents. At the beginning of each course is a check box; click on the check box to activate the SOFIs for your course during the first week of the SOFI administration.
The Faculty Affairs Committee of the College Senate have developed guidelines for administration of the SOFIs, which can be found HERE.
For full term courses, instructors have the ability to activate the SOFIs during the 3rd week before the end of the classes to administer them in class or to talk to students about instrtuctor's perspective on SOFIs. SOFIs will be activated for all full term courses the last two weeks of classes and notices will be sent to students at this time. For shorter courses, the SOFIs will activate 8 days before the end of the part of term; the last day of the term, the SOFIs will be off. Faculty are able to enter grades on the last day of the semester; to preserve the grade neutrality of the SOFIs, once grading is turned on in KnightWeb, the SOFI survey is no longer available.
On the main FAQ page, there is a table with the start and end dates for each semester.
Starting with the Fall 2009 semester, ungraded laboratory, discussion, studio, recitation sections that were offered in conjunction with another section were not included with the SOFI load process. Student teaching, directed study and internship sections were also removed from the SOFI load. To protect students' anonymity, courses with fewer than four students are not included in the SOFI process.
As of Fall 2009, only students who are actively registered for the course after the last day to withdraw were included in the online SOFI. This continues to be the case in the KnightWeb SOFI environment.
At the bottom of the Faculty Services menu in KnightWeb, there is link to a menu item titled SOFI Reports and Administration. Within that menu is a SOFI Control Page. This SOFI Control Page menu displays the courses for each faculty member which will be included in the SOFI process for that semester. Faculty are responsible for checking this page to ensure that proper courses are assigned to them. The SOFI Control Page also provides the start and end date for each section.
We do not allow students to change their SOFI responses once the SOFI has been submitted. Because SOFIs are used in personnel decisions, there has been reluctance to allow changes or delete submitted responses. The 2nd page of the online SOFI explicitly directs students to double their responses and reminds them the response cannot be changed once submitted.
SOFIs are available through KnightWeb. After logging in and clicking on "Surveys" a menu will come up and at the top left of this menu there is a link to the SOFI surveys titled "SOFI Surveys". See the screen shot below.
In the KnightWeb system, instructors are not yet able to add course specific questions.
SOFI are released to faculty once all grades have been turned in to the Registrar’s Office. Results for the summer term SOFIs are not released until grades for all the sessions have been turned in; generally this has been mid-September in years past.
Still have questions? Send an e-mail to SOFI@geneseo.edu or use the online feedback form. If you have concerns about the SOFI process or questions, please contact the Faculty Affairs Committee of the College Senate