Narrative Evaluations

Narrative evaluations are written for students in tutorials, independent studies, and senior projects. Specific courses also may be designated by a board of study as particularly appropriate for evaluations. In addition, individual faculty members may choose to write evaluations for students in their courses.

Narrative evaluations are provided to the student, advisor, and the school or conservatory office. The Office of the Registrar does not keep copies of evaluations.

Guidelines for Narrative Evaluations in the Liberal Arts and Sciences

  1. Evaluations should clearly state required reading, papers, examinations, attendance, class participation, lab work, etc.
  2. The academic qualities of the work completed should be addressed: its creativity, promise, skills demonstrated, writing ability, rigor, etc.
  3. The evaluation should include progress made during the semester and advice on how to improve academic quality, including skills to be acquired in the future and whether or not the student should continue in this field of study.
  4. The student’s participation in the class in terms of attitude, input, etcetera should be commented on as an academic observation, not a personal judgment. Evaluations should address a student’s personal academic growth but avoid any personal comments that may have political, social, psychological, and/or psychiatric conclusions.
  5. The evaluation should be adequate to cover all of the relevant bases of judgment.

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