For assistance with interpreting Laker Impressions of Faculty Teaching (LIFT) results:
IASystem Interpreting Reports provides information on individual Course Summary Reports including Statistical Adjustment Options; Administrative Reports; Computing Medians, Adjusted Medians, and the Challenge & Engagement Index; and guidelines in using the results to make decisions. For additional assistance, visit the Faculty User Guide.
For additional resources related to interpreting student feedback, visit the following well-curated sites and documents:
Benton, S. and W. E. Cashin. (2012) Student ratings of teaching: a summary of research and literature, IDEA Paper #50: http://ideaedu.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/idea-paper_50.pdf
Berk, R. A. (2012) Top 20 strategies to increase the online response rates of student rating scales. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 8(2), 98-107. Available at: https://www.washington.edu/assessment/files/2015/09/Top20Strategies-Berk-2012.pdf
Caulfield, J. (2007) What motivates students to provide feedback to teachers about teaching and learning? An expectancy theory perspective. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Vol. 1: No. 1, Article 7. Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/ij-sotl/vol1/iss1/7
Franklin, J. (2001) Interpreting the numbers: Using narrative to help others read student evaluations of your teaching accurately. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, no. 87: 85-100. DOI: 10.1002/tl.10001
Lewis, K. G. (2001) Making sense of student written comments. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, no. 87:25-32. Available at: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tl.25/pdf
Nasser, F., & Fresko, B. (2009). Student evaluation of instruction: What can be learned from students’ written comments? Studies in Educational Evaluation, 35, 37–44. doi:10.1016/j.stueduc.2009.01.002
Weimer, M. (2012) Rewriting the end-of-course ratings story. Inspired College Teaching. Hoboken: Wiley, pp. 49-73. Available as an ebook through University Libraries.