Mid-Semester Evaluations (MSE) are a discovery process that solicits feedback from students and faculty on the important aspects and possible positive changes for a course.

MSE Stages: Soils 360 Class at Oak Woodland restoration soils characterization near Kneeland

  1. Stage 1: Interview between a trained facilitator and the interested instructor. Important aspects of a course are discussed and instructor’s questions are addressed
  2. Stage 2: Interview of the students by the facilitator. The instructor is not present.
    Ten minutes: Students meet in small groups to identify strengths and areas for change in the course
    Ten minutes: The class comes together and clarifies the ideas discussed in the small groups and the facilitator works toward a consensus among the students
  3. Stage 3: Interview between the facilitator and the instructor. Comments and suggestions are discussed and concrete changes are considered. The instructor has complete freedom to decide what to do with the input. It is important that they will consider change whenever it is to everyone’s mutual advantage. The process is strictly confidential and entirely separate from retention and tenure.
  4. Stage 5: (Optional) The instructor may request to meet with CTL staff to discuss approaches and strategies for any course support.

Mid-semester evaluations have been offered at HSU since the Spring of 1997. Dr. Donald Wulff from the University of Washington offered a workshop on performing these evaluations in February, 1998. Since then, HSU has had a long history of MSE facilitators on campus that was pioneered by Dr. Diane Johnson, Mathematics.
To have a Mid-semester evaluation performed in a specific course, contact the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) at: ctl@humboldt.edu or call 707.826.6113 or 707.826.6112