Students’ opinions of teaching effectiveness play a major role in improving the quality of instruction in all academic divisions of the University. Therefore, faculty members are required to use the standard survey instrument selected by the University. This standard survey instrument, the Student Opinion of Instruction (SOI), is not intended to preclude the use of additional survey instruments by areas or departments or by individual faculty members. SOI is an online course evaluation system, replacing the traditional paper course evaluation system. SOI allows students to confidentially rate their University learning experiences, encouraging feedback about their courses and instructors. Reports of survey results are provided to University faculty and administrators after grades are submitted. Student ratings are very important in helping instructors improve their teaching and in helping the University evaluate courses and faculty. For more information, see The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.