The original mission of the Idea system was to provided analytics, resources, and advice to improve student learning in higher education.


The IDEA System originated at Kansas State University during the 1968-69 school year. Its emphasis was unique, as it provided constructive feedback aimed at improving the quality of instruction and student learning.

During the next seven years, the system was perfected and refined to assist in the improvement of instruction at Kansas State University. With help from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The IDEA Center was established in 1975 and the IDEA system was made available to other colleges and universities.

Course Evaluation Instruments

The IDEA System is like no other available for translating informative course feedback into actionable steps to improve student learning.

Students give feedback on teaching and learning based on their direct course experience, providing faculty with relevant information that can ultimately guide and strengthen teaching.

What makes the IDEA Student Rating of Instruction stand out?

  • Our instrument is built on more than 45 years of research.  No other course feedback system has our rich history.
  • The Idea System is built on an interactive, user-friendly, accessible online platform.  Easy for students to use and easy for faculty to implement.
  • The system controls for extraneous circumstances (e.g. class size, student motivation), and provides comparative scores.
  • Faculty receive customized reports with feedback including proven resources for improvement in highly specified areas.
  • Faculty and administrators can easily integrate data into program planning, decision making, and institutional review processes.
  • Campuses can align their use of IDEA systems with their particular accreditation or professional standards program with easy-to-use resources to track, document, and report progress.
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