skip to main content
Department of Computer Science University of Colorado Boulder
cu: home | engineering | mycuinfo | about | cu a-z | search cu | contact cu cs: about | calendar | directory | catalog | schedules | mobile | contact cs
home · courses · fcqs · 

Key to Course Evaluations


The Department of Computer Science Faculty Course Questionnaire (FCQ) pages provide a concise and easy-to-search summary of FCQ results for courses taught in the department. Detailed results for all courses (including Computer Science courses) offered throughout the University for recent years can be found on the CU Faculty Course Questionnaires website. A guide to understanding the Computer Science summary results is provided below.

These summary results cover several key categories of questions related to the following topics: Course, Instructor, Access, Workload and Treatment. The range of possible results for each category is divided into three equal tiers representing the upper third, the middle third, and the lower third of the range. The tier in which each result falls is then represented by one of the symbols below. A perfect score is also further distinguished from other top tier results.

Star Hi Mid Lo ·

A significant change was made to FCQs beginning with the Fall 2006 questionnaires. The questions changed to some degree, but still cover essentially the same key categories, as shown below. The scales used by students to rate each question also changed, as did the actual values of the results in each category. The specific questions used in each of the two forms of the FCQs for these key categories are shown below.

  Summer 2006 and Earlier
FCQ Questions
Fall 2006 and Later
FCQ Questions


Rate this course compared to all your other university courses.

Rate the course overall.


Rate this instructor compared to all your other university instructors.

Rate the instructor overall.


Rate accessibility of instructor.

Rate the instructor's availability for course-related assistance such as email, office hours, individual appointments, phone contact, etc.


Rate workload relative to the credit given.

Estimate the average number of hours per week you have spent on this course for all course-related work including attending classes, labs, recitations, readings, reviewing notes, writing papers, etc.

0-3 hours 4-6 hours 7-9 hours 10-12 hours 13+ hours
0-3 4-6 7-9 10-12 13+


Rate instructor's treatment of ethnic minority and female students.

Rate this instructor's respect for and professional treatment of all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

The FCQ program allows students to rate their instructors and courses at the end of each term. It provides information to instructors for teaching improvement, to students for course selection, and to deans and chairs for management. Students evaluate each course-section in three ways: multiple-choice "core" questions printed on all FCQ forms, multiple-choice optional questions selected and/or written by the instructor and/or the department, and several open-ended items which request student comments.

See also:
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
Send email to

Engineering Center Office Tower
ECOT 717
FAX +1-303-492-2844
XHTML 1.0/CSS2 ©2012 Regents of the University of Colorado
Privacy · Legal · Trademarks
June 27, 2007