UES Class Evaluations
The Universal Evaluation System (UES) is UT Dallas' tool for course and instructor evaluation. As of Fall 2013, online evaluations are mandatory for all undergraduate and graduate classes with 5 or more students (classes with less than 5 students are evaluated by request). Evaluation responses are anonymous. Evaluation results are publicly available on CourseBook - student comments are not publicly available.
Not finding surveys for all of your classes? Here’s why:
All classes are not automatically scheduled for course evaluations. Only regular classes with 5 or more students are evaluated. Most independent study, thesis, disertation, seminar, and research classes are excluded from automatic evaluation. Instructors of classes which are not evaluated by default, may request an exception in writing (email). Participants in non-automatic surveys (especially when there are 5 or fewer students) should be advised that responses are potentially less anonymous.
Priority Access to Grades
Students who complete ALL their course evaluations will also be given priority access to view their grades in CourseBook before grades are made available in Orion. CourseBook is updated several times each day. Once your professor enters the grades, they will appear in CourseBook after the next refresh.
UES Response Rate - Spring 2021
Email Based Class Evaluation
You may be invited to evaluation specific classes and/or instructors via an email from the UES system. Each email is personally generated for the recipient and contains a web address (URL) which will link directly to the evaluation page. Just click the link embedded in the email to start the evaluation - no login is required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are evaluations really anonymous if my instructor can see that I've submitted an evaluation?
Yes, evaluations really are anonymous; there is no link between a submitted evaluation and a particular student. Instructors can see that a student has filled out an evaluation, but only after a minimum of four other students in the class have as well, and they are never able to see which evaluation was filled out by which student.
That said, if a student enters personally identifying information in the comments section of the evaluation, the instructor will know who submitted that individual comment.
Why are the evaluations questions the same for all classes?
The questions used in the evaluations are mandated by the state. If there is information you would like to add that isn't covered by the provided questions, please include it in the comments section.
The evaluation questions aren't useful for students - can the you change the questions?
Unfortunately, we can't change the questions asked in the upper portion of the evaluation. The state mandates the questions that are asked. Don't be discouraged though! At the end of the evaluation is a section for leaving comments. If you have anything add that isn't covered by the other questions, add it in the comments section.
I didn't get the evaluation email - can I still submit an evaluation?
Yes! Click the LOGIN TO EVALUATE YOUR CLASSES button. Once you have logged in, you will see a list of links to your class evaluations. Click the links to open the class evaluation and get started.
Can I change my evaluation response after I've submitted it?
Yes! Click the LOGIN TO EVALUATE YOUR CLASSES button. Once you have logged in, you will see a list of links to your class evaluations. When an evaluation has been submitted, it will appear grayed out and have a checkmark, but it is still clickable. Click the class for which you want to modify the evaluation, and click the link on the next page to unsubmit it. The evaluation will reopen and allow you to make changes. Click the SUBMIT EVALUATION button when you are done.
How do I check if I've completed all my evaluations?
Click the LOGIN TO EVALUATE YOUR CLASSES button. Once you have logged in, you will see a list of your classes that are open for evaluation. If all the classes are grayed out and have a checkmark, you have completed all your evaluations.
There is one caveat: students that were enrolled in an 8-week session during the semester must also have completed all evaluations for those classes during their evaluation periods. This doesn't apply to the majority of students, so if the term "first 8-week session" doesn't mean anything to you, you most likely aren't affected.
Am I entered into the prize drawing?
If you have completed all your evaluations at the time of a drawing, yes.
Viewing Evaluation Results
All evaluation results are openly available in CourseBook. School administrators may contact the Provost's Technology Group to learn about the UES Reporter - an alternate way to access results.
Need Help? Have Suggestions? Report an Issue or Concern?
Contact the Evaluation Team
Please use the Evaluation Feedback Form.