Student Evaluation of Teaching

Feedback Ecosystem

Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET)

Student Evaluation of Teaching is a key instrument for providing feedback on educational process at HSE University. SET data can be used in many ways:

  • Students can reflect on their study experience and offer suggestions on how to improve it;
  • Instructors may receive feedback on their job performance and analyze their syllabi and teaching techniques;
  • Educational programme leadership can use it to advance their curriculum development;
  • Departments, schools and faculty administration can better update teaching workload and staffing;
  • HSE administration obtains broader views on how to enhance overall education quality.

SET is mandatory and anonymous. All students must complete the SET questionnaire, since these results can be more reliable than the feedback from just a handful of successful students. However, it is notable that the students’ responses are fully anonymous – they have the opportunity to leave truthful and thorough comments, while instructors and administrators can make decisions based on the summarized data.

SET is held FOUR times a year at the end of each module and lasts THREE weeks before the exam period. The SET form features questions on the quality of teaching and the organization of regular courses, MOOCs, project activities, and educational process in general.

Student Evaluation of Programme Administration

The student evaluation of educational programmes administration (SEPA) is an annual questionnaire where students evaluate the quality of educational processes and the role of programmes’ academic supervisors, managers and study offices, as well as the performance of faculty and other related University services.

HSE Faculty and the University’s administration use SEPA results to improve support for educational programmes, as well as to make staffing decisions.

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Voting for HSE University’s Best Teachers

At the end of each academic year, students can nominate several teachers who have left a particularly positive impression on them. Each student can select several teachers.

Based on the voting results, winners can receive significant bonuses.

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How is SET conducted?

SET offers several ways for students to leave feedback, so that they may:

Rate and comment on courses that have interim assessment as part of the module

Provide numerical grades and comments on instructors who oversaw the courses

Share responses on MOOCs that the students have taken along with the regular courses

Rate and comment on project activities that they completed over the past year

Write reviews on courses with interim assessments planned for future modules

Comment on the general organization of educational processes

What constitutes the current SET questionnaire?

What are the SET criteria?

How are the SET scores processed?

Why is the SET conducted before the examination period, while its results come after it?

SET Timetable (Academic Year 2022-2023)

All full-time academic programmes (except for ICEF programmes and HSE/NES Programme in Economics). The timetable below is for study office staff members, students and instructors:

  • September 15 – September 30, 2022

    SET questionnaire preparation (Module 1)

  • October 3 – October 23, 2022

    SET for Module 1 is active

  • November 1 – November 10, 2022

    Approximate period for providing results to instructors and departments

  • November 10– November 30, 2022

    SET questionnaire preparation (Module 2)

  • November 30th – December 20th, 2022

    SET for Module 2 is active

  • January 10 – January 15, 2023

    Approximate period for providing results to instructors and departments

  • February 13 – March 6, 2023

    SET questionnaire preparation (Module 3)

  • March 6 – March 26, 2023

    SET for Module 3 is active

  • April 5 – April 15, 2023

    Approximate period for providing results to instructors and departments

  • April 24 – May 30, 2023

    SET questionnaire preparation (Module 4)

  • May 31 – June 20, 2023

    SET for Module 4 is active

  • July 5 – July 15

    Approximate period for providing results to instructors and departments

ICES Programmes

HSE/NES Programme in Economics

Part-time Educational Programmes

SET: Facts & Figures

  • 96% 

    Average student reponse rate (2022)

  • 10,554 

    Total courses evaluated by students (2022)

  • 8,059 

    Total instructors evaluated by students (2022)

  • 524,662 

    Total text comments submitted by students (2022)

Our Team

Ivan Gruzdev

Director for Internal Monitoring and Student Academic Development

Dmitry B. Efimov

Leading Analyst: Centre for Institutional Research

Alexey Batischev

Expert: Centre for Institutional Research

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