Midsemester Feedback Services

As we approach the midterm of the semester, our students have a clear understanding of how our courses are structured and what to expect. This is the perfect time to elicit formative feedback from students. For instructors interested in collecting student feedback, the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning (CTRL) provides resources and support, including the Self-Administered Midsemester Feedback Survey guide and the Midsemester Course Analysis (MCA). To fit the needs of all those interested, please note that MCAs will be limited to the first thirty requests, as well as one request per faculty member.

  • Midsemester Course Analysis: report based on data collected during a CTRL-facilitated conversation with studentsprovided to the individual faculty member. 
  • Self-Administered Surveys: CTRL can support with existing resources on midsemester feedback survey guides and analysis as well as one-on-one consultations.

Whichever method you choose, CTRL staff are here to work with you to interpret the feedback and develop strategies for acting on it. If you have any questions about these services or want to discuss which makes sense for you, please email ctrl@american.edu

Fall 2021 Important Dates and Deadlines


  • September 20-24: Requests open for CTRL-facilitated services (MCA)
  • September 24: Deadline for faculty to request CTRL-facilitated services (MCA)
  • October 4-14: CTRL MCA in-class conversations facilitated and midsemester surveys administered 
  • October 11-22: CTRL provides reports to individual faculty who requested an MCA

Midsemester Course Analysis (MCA)

Midsemester Course Analysis (MCA) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to contribute feedback individually and in conversation with their peers. Upon request, CTRL team members will visit a synchronous class session for 30 minutes while you leave the class. We will facilitate a discussion with your students that focuses on what is going well, what can be improved upon, and what changes might be helpful. CTRL will then provide you with an analysis of the results of the whole class discussion and meet with you to debrief the results and discuss strategies for sharing the feedback with your students This report is entirely for your use and CTRL will not share it with anyone else. 

Types of questions we pose to students:

  • Which aspect of the course is most helpful to you?
  • Which aspect of the course is least helpful to you?
  • Are there any suggestions you would like to make about how to improve the course?

Self-Administered Midsemester Feedback Surveys

If you are interested in creating your own midsemester survey, CTRL can support you in designing and self-administering formative feedback survey to your students. First, please access the CTRL Self-Administered Mid-Semester Feedback Surveys Guide, which includes sample survey questions, steps and considerations for administering and analyzing your survey, and information on how to respond to the results and discuss the feedback with your students. CTRL staff is also available for one-on-one consultations to discuss this and all topics related to teaching, research, and learning.