Purdue University professors soon will get faster feedback from students, thanks to a new online evaluation system.

Currently, students rate their professors through written evaluations, which are then typed out so an instructor does not know which student made the comments. Typing the responses can take weeks or months. The new online system can show professors student comments in as little as one day.

Purdue piloted the online evaluation program in fall 2006, testing many course formats to ensure that every class was compatible with the system, known as CoursEval 3.0. More than 29,000 students in 800 classes were involved in the


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