About ART2.0

Academic Reporting Tools (ART) have been informing academic decision makers at U-M since 2006. The ART2.0 suite is a reboot of the traditional service with a mission to expand access, especially to students, and to broaden the scope of the data offered while respecting student privacy.

ART2.0 is supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Digital Innovation Greenhouse.

Interpreting the Evaluation Data

This website is designed to provide U-M students with data from the university’s student ratings system about courses they might choose to take. As you look over the information on this site, there are some important caveats to keep in mind. Evauation data are only shown for courses that have been offered for the last 5 years and have more than 30 total respondents.

  • This site includes results of student ratings for courses taught by instructors who have at least 3 years of teaching experience.
  • Information on this site represents the aggregated responses of students in the course collected at the end of the term. Responses to that course collected from students at other times (a semester or a year later, for example) would be different in some cases as would the perspective of other instructors or academic administrators.
  • Student ratings of any given course can vary considerably from semester to semester. Therefore, when looking at information about a specific course or instructor, it is useful to review results from multiple semesters.
  • As with any survey, it is important keep in mind that small differences in results on any given question are not likely to be meaningful.
  • Research on student ratings indicates that certain course, instructor, and student characteristics influence student ratings. Certain types of courses generally receive somewhat lower ratings, including courses with a strong quantitative component and large courses. Lower ratings are also commonly seen when student motivation to take the course is low (e.g., some required courses).
  • Research also raises questions about the effects of bias on the results of ratings. Some studies indicate that female instructors and instructors of color receive lower ratings than their colleagues teaching similar courses, particularly in settings where they are underrepresented (e.g., science and engineering).
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The heart shows the percentage of respondents who chose “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” to “I had a strong desire to take this course.”

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The lightbulb shows the percentage of respondents who chose “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” to “I learned a great deal from this course.”

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The weight shows the percentage of respondents who chose “Heavy” (Disagree or Strongly Disagree) to “The workload for this course was...”

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The crystal ball shows the percentage of respondents who chose “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” to “I knew what was expected of me in this course.”

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The lightning bolt shows the percentage of respondents who chose “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” to “my interest in the subject matter increased because of this course.”

The calendar shows the percentage of respondents who chose “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” to “the instructor seemed well-prepared for class meetings.”

The glasses shows the percentage of respondents who chose “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” to “the instructor explained material clearly.”

The ribbon shows the percentage of respondents who chose “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” to “the instructor treated students with respect.”

Interpreting the Graphs and Charts

Instructors List

This table lists who taught the course most recently and when. You can sort the list alphabetically by instructor, or based on who taught the class most recently. You can also use the search box to look for a specific instructor.

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Enrollment Graph

This panel shows when classes were offered in the past few years and how many students received a grade other than W, I, P or F. If no bar appears, it means the class was not offered.

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Major Chart

This list shows the 10 most common majors that students graduated with after taking this course. The data are based only on majors from students who have graduated (not students who are still enrolled).

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Levels Chart

This chart shows the year in school (based on credit hours earned) students were at the beginning of the term in which they took this course.

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School/College Chart

This list shows the schools or colleges students were enrolled in when they took the course. If there is no one from a school or college, it’s not shown at all. If there’s a very small number of students, it’s shown as FIX THIS%.

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Pre-Enrollment Chart

This list shows the most common courses students took before taking this course.

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Co-Enrollment Chart

This list shows the most common courses students took while also taking this course.

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Post-Enrollment Chart

This list shows the most common courses students took after taking this course.

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