SCS For Instructors



Access Your Reports

Student Course Survey Reports allow you to view the responses to both multiple choice and open-ended questions. 

Need help? Check out the directions to navigate to your SCS Reports.

Interpreting Survey Reports

The data from the SCS reports is an opportunity to use students' feedback and perceptions to reflect on and inform your teaching practices as they relate to student learning. 

Learn how to interpret the results.

Instructor FAQs

The SCS reports are released to Analytics following grade posting. SCS reports are released weekly on Mondays.

Instructors can ask their department SCS contact to add questions to the SCS.

Ideally, response rates of 70% or greater provide reliable feedback from students. The most effective method to promote the completion of the surveys is to provide 10–15 minutes of class time for students to complete the survey. 

Nulty, D. D. (2008). The adequacy of response rates to online and paper surveys: what can be done?. Assessment & evaluation in higher education, 33(3), 301-314.

Additional tips include:

  • Telling students their opinions are anonymous and lead to course improvements
  • Verbal and email reminders
  • Posting the survey link on the D2L course site
  • Pick a day during the SCS open survey period with peak attendance.
  • Administer at the start of class instead of the end.
  • Giving the entire class a small bonus-point incentive if 80% or more of the class completes the survey

Team teaching SCS surveys have the main course-related SCS items, and 2 instructor-related open-ended questions for each instructor. Instructor reports will contain all of the course-related questions and only the specific instructor questions that pertain to them.


Go to UAccess Analytics and navigate to the SCS-Student Course Survey dashboard.

Select either the Instructor tab or Department Head tab. 

If you are not on campus, you must connect to the VPN to access the link.

A faculty committee comprised of members from colleges across the University met to discuss and identify dimensions of good teaching practices. Once the common dimensions were identified, items were created and tested with focus groups of faculty and students to test their validity.

10 Key Dimensions of Teaching

  1. Seeks feedback on students' understanding and responds appropriately
  2. Provides timely feedback on student work/progress
Learning Techniques and Strategies
  1. Students are actively engaged in learning
  2. Builds upon students' prior knowledge and experience
  3. Supports students' conceptual understanding
  4. Uses links between disciplinary and/or inter-disciplinary theory and practice
Learning Outcomes
  1. Makes explicit learning outcomes
Resources and Learning Environments
  1. Uses learning environments, resources, and techniques effectively
  2. Presents material in an appropriately structured manner
  3. Promotes and supports student diversity