Commonly Asked Questions about the CIEQ

1. What is the purpose of the CIEQ?

To provide feedback to the instructor about student perceptions of the course, method of instruction, course content, their interest and attention, and the instructor.
Also, to provide the student component of a comprehensive faculty evaluation system that should also include peer/colleague, administrator, self, etc.

2. How should the CIEQ be used?

The decile data can be used to interpret particular course ratings relative to appropriate class levels, department/discipline, etc.


3. How are the CIEQ deciles determined?

The means for each class are looked up in a nationally aggregated normative data base that are grouped into ten 10% groups and numbered from 1 to 10 with 10 representing the highest range of means.

4. How are the CIEQ deciles interpreted?

Deciles from 1 – 3 indicate substantial improvement needed.
Deciles from 4 – 7 indicate some improvement needed.
Deciles from 8 – 10 indicate no improvement needed.

5. How do I know if the CIEQ results are adequate?

If the number of students responding is less than one half of the course enrollment, then the results may not be representative and should be used with caution.
If any subscale reliability “Rel” falls below .65 then that subscale result should be interpreted with caution.

6. When should the CIEQ be administered?

Research has shown that the CIEQ can be administered anytime during the last third of the course term and yield a stable/representative student response.