Deans Resources

Welcome to the Deans Resources page for USF’s Online Teaching Effectiveness Survey (Blue). Here you will find valuable and useful information on the new student survey, which replaces SUMMA in Spring 2015.

We have assembled a list of FAQs to help deans and their program assistants manage the various reports that will be provided following students’ completion of their end-of-semester course surveys.

We have also assembled links to resources (below) taken from the slides and other materials presented at the two faculty information sessions on October 16 and 22, 2014, including a recording of the October 22nd information session. We hope you find these resources helpful.

Please contact Robert Bromfield ( or Ed Munnich ( should you have any questions about the new teaching effectiveness survey.

Links to Resources

The Online Student Evaluation Implementation Task Force

  • John Bansavich, Director, Center for Instruction and Technology & Adjunct Professor, School of Education
  • Robert Bromfield, Co-Chair; Associate Dean & University Registrar
  • Susanne Hoelscher, Adjunct Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Ed Munnich, Co-Chair; Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Bill Murry, Director of Student Learning Assurance, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Janessa Rozal, Student and Faculty Services and Desktop Publications Coordinator


The new online Student Survey of Teaching Effectiveness (Blue) is scheduled to replace SUMMA in Spring 2015.

No. The administration of the new teaching effectiveness survey is done completely online.

No. Processing of submitted surveys and report generation will be done by the Registrar's office.

Reports for the faculty, as well as aggregate reports by subject area, department, school, and university will be provided. 

  1. Faculty receive reports for their respective courses.
  2. Deans receive reports for their respective faculty and aggregate reports for their respective subject areas, departments, and school
  3. Provost’s office receives copies of each dean’s aggregate reports, as well as an aggregate report for the university.

Reports will be provided both in .pdf and web-based formats.

  1. Reports are searchable by faculty or course.

Yes. Reports can be downloaded either as Excel or .csv files.

The faculty will receive an email from the Registrar's office when reports are available.  The email will contain a link to their own reports.  Reports will also be available in Canvas on faculty members’ course dashboard – Courses tab--> Teaching Effectiveness Survey.

  • Faculty will be able to access their survey reports 48 hours after grades are submitted.

Reports will also be available in Canvas – USF Resources tab --> Teaching Effectiveness Survey.

The average is calculated based on the survey’s 6-point Likert scale, where 1 is Strongly disagree, 2 is Disagree, 3 is Somewhat disagree, 4 is Somewhat agree, 5 is Agree, and 6 is Strongly agree.

Interpreting the Averages

  • The Response Average is the average of students’ semester responses for the course listed on the report
  • The Department (DPT) Average is the average across all the semester courses in the department associated with the course listed on the report.
  • The School (SCH) Average is the average across all the semester courses and departments in the school or college.
  • The Teacher Average is the average across all the semester courses taught by the named instructor.
  • The USF Average is the average across all courses surveyed in the semester.

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