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SBA Course Evaluation Survey

Welcome to the SBA-sponsored Course Evaluation Survey!

This initial survey will be slightly different from upcoming surveys.  We're attempting many things with this first pass - to establish a baseline, to evaulate the survey software, to explore different ways of analyzing the data, to test out the relevance of questions, etc.

Please help us out by completing the survey for as many classes as you can!


First, and most importantly, please be aware that this is a student-driven project.  The collection and distribution of this data is done entirely by the SBA, and it is not a project or program of Emory Law School or Emory University.

The Course Evaluation Survey was co-developed by the SBA and the Graduate Senate; eventually, the Graduate Senate hopes to release similar surveys to other graduate schools, assisting law students in cross-registering elsewhere and bringing in more (and more interesting) students from other schools to share our classes.

The CES is being offered initially for up to 10 classes - anything you have taken within the previous year.  We hope to have the results available for use in selecting classes for next term - in the next few days (for Fall '06).  Ideally, we will get significant feedback from students, and we'll have a further-refined survey ready which will be available during official Emory Law course evaluation period - when professors hand out their traditional paper "set forms."  At this point, we hope to expand evaluations to the entire school.


You should have received an e-mail with 10 URLs (web addresses).  Each link can be used once - allowing you to review each class you took last year.  Each contains a unique key (something like "38570183") which guarantees that no one is stuffing the ballot box.  The survey is completely anonymous; it is neither time-stamped nor tied in any way back to your e-mail address; when you have voted, you are checked off the list, but no connection is made in any way between the results of that vote and your key. 

The software is web-based and should be self-explanatory; only two questions are required: overall professor rating and overall class rating.  The more information you give us, the better - but we'd rather have scant information about a class than none at all.  Just answer the questions and click the "next" button; at the end, "next" will turn to "last."  When you're finished, you should be returned to the SBA web site.

Please be reasonable, constructive, and completely honest.  All responses will be reported and will be used to help other students, except obscene or libelous statements, which will result in the deletion of your complete response.


1. How can we get more information on the survey software?

PHP Surveyor is open-source software, well-reviewed by the general internet community, installed and maintained by Emory Law IT.  For more information on the software itself,

2. How will the results be distributed?

The SBA Academic Affairs Committee will process the results and make them available only to law school students, faculty, and staff.  We are unsure which format will be preferable for this - we'll play it by ear.  Please note that all obscene, defamatory, etc. responses will be deleted - this will include the full response.

3. Whom should I contact with suggestions on improving the survey, or on other ideas of making academic life at Emory Law more fair, collegial, and transparent?

We're glad you asked!  Contact the SBA Academic Affairs Committee* (Jackson Hughes, Kiran Raj, Shawntel Hebert, Ryan Donohue); find out more information on current projects on the SBA Academic Affairs Committee home page.

*Note: As of Monday, 4/10/06, Academic Affairs will be represented by Vivian Luo - please contact her!

4. How can I get involved with spreading this to the rest of the University?

Contact the Grad Senate: Joe Tipograph, Winifred Cisar, and Ellyn Pearlstein; or Robert Buckley, the SBA representative to the Grad Senate

5. How else can I help?

Pressure your fellow students into taking a few minutes to fill out these surveys; add your outlines to the SBA web site; ask your professors to put recent, representative past exams on file in the library; share your notes with your classmates; scorn your classmates who don't share; always let someone know when something isn't working right (SBA or administration); volunteer to help with things you want to see improved.