Teaching Evaluations

Key Dates

Key Dates for the Spring 2019 End-of-Term Evaluations

May 13 – May 31 – Departments order evaluations

June 3 - June 11 – Instructors preview evaluations and optionally add

June 12 - June 26 – Students take evaluations

Early July – Reports available to instructors

*The above dates are guidelines that most evaluations follow.

Key Dates

Key Dates for the Summer 2019 End-of-Term Evaluations

July 8 - July 23 – Departments order evaluations

July 24 - Aug. 1 – Instructors preview evaluations and optionally add

Aug. 2 - Aug. 16 – Students take evaluations

Late Aug. – Reports available to instructors

*The above dates are guidelines that most evaluations follow.

New Teaching Evaluation System

Starting in Spring 2018 the University is transitioning to a new Teaching Evaluation system called Blue. Instructors and staff will use Blue to set up evaluations and view reports. Students can access evaluations either in Blue or through Canvas.

Ordering Evaluations

Department staff can start ordering evaluations after the drop/add deadline for the term.  Staff will receive an email directing them to Blue, where they will find a list of the courses offered by their department(s).

Contact ro.evaluations@umich.edu with any requests for new questions, new templates, or changes to existing templates. The Office of the Registrar’s Evaluation team will make the changes for you. Information to include in the email:

  • Subject or Academic Org code
  • Template Number (for changes) or indicate if it is a new template
  • Description of the change
  • Your contact information (email and phone number)

When core templates need creating or modifications, instructors working with their evaluation coordinators can design their core evaluation templates by selecting the questions from our Question Catalog. A maximum of 12 questions can be added to the template.

Allowable Evaluation Questions
Eight new university-wide core questions
  • This course advanced my understanding of the subject matter.

  • My interest in the subject has increased because of this course.

  • I knew what was expected of me in this course.

  • I had a strong desire to take this course.

  • As compared with other courses of equal credit, the workload for this course was (Much Lighter, Lighter, Typical, Heavier, Much Heavier)

  • The instructor seemed well prepared for class meetings.

  • The instructor explained material clearly.

  • The instructor treated students with respect.

8 Questions


Old required university-wide questions (keep through 2020)*  
  • Overall, this was an excellent course.

  • Overall, the instructor was an excellent teacher.

2 Questions


Twelve Department Selected Questions**
Questions can be selected from the question catalog.  Any combination of quantitative (ranking) questions and qualitative (comment) questions is allowed. 
Email ro.evaluations@umich.edu with requests for new questions or templates.

12 Questions (Optional)

Five Instructor Added Questions
Instructors have the choice of entering existing questions from our catalog or creating their own questions. ***
They can add up to 3 quantitative questions and up to 2 qualitative questions.

5 Questions (Optional)
    Maximum allowable questions:   27 

*Question #3 ‘I learned a great deal from this course.’ will be removed from all templates effective fall 2018.
** If a department chooses to have fewer than 12 questions, the system is not able to compensate with additional instructor-added questions. 
***The questions being added by instructors do not copy over from term to term.  They have to be re-entered.

New staff should work with their Unit Liaison to request the role SR EVALUATION ORDER USER and appropriate academic org secondary security in the Online Access Request System (OARS). 

Instructors will receive an email from Blue inviting them to preview their evaluation and optionally add up to three custom multiple choice questions and two open-ended questions. 


Reports for any evaluations taken in Spring 2018 or later will be in Blue.  Evaluations from Winter 2009 through Winter 2018 will be in Faculty Center. 

Instructors and department staff will receive an email from Blue when reports are ready. There are four standard reports:

  • Instructor with Comments Report - a combined summary report that includes both quantitative ratings and student comments;
  • Instructor Report - a summary that tabulates all quantitative ratings on a single page;
  • Individual Response Report - a detailed report that displays individual student ratings and comments.
  • Graphical Response Report – a summary report that displays results in a graphical format

Improving Teaching — Strategies and Resources

Resources to assist you with interpreting or making use of your results:

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) – Faculty Consultations
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) – Teaching Strategies & Resources

Contact Information

Office of the Registrar – Evaluations
LS&A Suite 5000
500 South State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1382