Health science students’ perception about research training programs offered in Saudi universities

  • Ahmed Al Kuwaiti, Arun Vijay Subbarayalu
  • Quality Assurance in Education, April 2015, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/qae-04-2014-0015

What is it about?

A retrospective study design was adapted to ascertain Course Evaluation Surveys (CES) conducted at the health science colleges of the University of Dammam [UOD] in the academic year 2013–2014. Accordingly, the CES data which was downloaded from an exclusive online application ‘UDQUEST’ which includes 337 different courses and 15,264 surveys were utilized in this study. Two-way analysis of variance was utilized to test whether there is any significant interaction between the class size and the response rate on the students’ evaluation of courses and instructors.

Why is it important?

The study showed that high response rate is required for student evaluation of instructors at Health Science colleges when the class size is small whereas a medium response rate is required for students’ evaluation of courses. On the other hand, when the class size is medium, a medium or high response rate is needed for students’ evaluation of both instructors and courses.


Dr Ahmed Al Kuwaiti
Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam

The results of this study recommend that the administrators of the health science colleges to be aware of the interpretation of students’ evaluations of courses and instructors. The study also suggests that the interaction between response rate and class size is a very important factor that needs to be taken into consideration while interpreting the findings of the students’ evaluation of instructors and courses.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr AHMED AL KUWAITI, Dr Ahmed Al Kuwaiti, and Dr Arun Vijay Subbarayalu