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SOFIs: What to Expect

The information on this page was copied off the SOFI format on KnightWeb, current as of April 2018.

Instructions to the Student

Numerical ratings and comments from the Student Opinion of Faculty Instruction (SOFI) provide important feedback for: 

  • renewal, continuing appointment and promotion decisions concerning the instructor,
  • improvement of the instructor's teaching effectiveness
  • student course choices.

Please note that although SOFIs will be administered as is typical, faculty will not be required to submit SOFI results from the spring 2020 semester for personnel processes.

NOTE Instructors do not receive the SOFI numerical rating or comments until AFTER they turn in final grades for the course. 

Please make sure the ratings and comments you provide are for the instructors and course listed at the top of the page. 

Demographic Questions

1. Status of this course in your program:

  • Major Required
  • Major Elective
  • Minor/Concentration - required
  • Minor/Concentration - elective
  • Core
  • Elective

Student Self Evaluation Questions

2. Expected grade:

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • P
  • F
  • S
  • U

3. How was your class attendance?

  • 1 - Missed 50% or more
  • 2
  • 3 - Missed about 25%
  • 4
  • 5 - Always Went

4. How many hours of out-of-class work did you devote to this class on average per week?

  • 0-2 hours
  • 3-5 hours
  • 6-8 hours
  • 10-11 hours
  • 12+ hours

5. Rate the level of your involvement in the activities of this course.

  • 1 - Very Uninvolved
  • 2
  • 3 - OK
  • 4
  • 5 - Enthusiastically Involved

6. What overall rating would you give yourself as a student in this course?

  • 1 - Very Lax and Unprofessional
  • 2
  • 3 - OK
  • 4
  • 5 - Very Hardworking and Professional

7. The instructor is responsive to students, both in and out of class.

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

Please comment on instructor responsiveness to students, both in and out of class. (space is provided here for a typed response)

8. The instructor's feedback on students' work is useful and effective.

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

Please comment on the instructor's feedback on students' work. (space is provided here for a typed response)

9. The instructor's teaching style stimulates active learning and interest in the subject matter.

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

Please comment on the instructor's teaching style and interest in the subject matter. (space is provided here for a typed response)

10. Classroom instruction is well-organized, clear, and effective.

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

Please comment on classroom instruction. (space is provided here for a typed response)

11. As taught by this instructor, the course is intellectually challenging. (In your response, consider the level of the course - 100, 200, 300, etc.)

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

Please comment on the course, as taught by this instructor, in regards to being intellectually challenging (In your response, consider the level of the course - 100, 200, 300, etc.). (space is provided here for a typed response)

12. The instructor is effective in increasing knowledge about the subject matter.

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

Please comment on the instructor's effectiveness in increasing knowledge about the subject matter. (space is provided here for a typed response)

13. I would recommend this instructor to other students.

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

Please comment on recommending this instructor to other students. (space is provided here for a typed response)

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