Scanning & Evaluation Services

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation offers Scanning & Evaluation Services to all Texas A&M faculty, students, staff and administrators. Scanning & Evaluation Services scans and scores optical mark answer sheets. The answer sheet may be either a standard TAMU 8 1/2 x 11 Scantron™ or custom designed form. Only No.2 pencils can be used to bubble in answer sheets.
Scanning Services include:
  • General data entry service for data gathered through optical mark forms, which can include:
    • Classroom test/exams
    • Course evaluations
    • Survey instruments
    • Other research instruments
  • Design and print custom scan able forms for testing or data gathering endeavors.
Course Evaluation Services include: 
The evaluation system used in most departments for most courses at Texas A&M University is known as a Cafeteria Model of evaluation. Although it might look different at different universities and might have
different names, the Cafeteria Model is the system of choice for most large public research universities.  

The Cafeteria Model is based on two basic principles of program evaluation:


The evaluation items can be found in an item bank which includes hundreds of Likert-style items on various aspects of teaching and various teaching situations and in an essay bank of essay questions covering a wide array of teaching situations. The item bank and the essay bank can be found in the PICA system.

At Texas A&M evaluations are conducted either on paper Scantron™ forms which are filled out by students in class or online in the PICA system ( which can be completed inside or outside of class on computer, tablet or phone. Early feedback is also available but only in PICA.
Paper versus PICA
Research on Course Evaluations
Scanning & Evaluation Services Contact Information:
3rd Floor Henderson Hall, 1157 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-1157
Phone: (979) 862-2918