Narrative Evaluations

Narrative evaluations help you make sense of what you’ve learned. Your faculty will give you more than just a single letter grade.

“I was informed that the combination of my Evergreen transcript and my interdisciplinary work on my senior thesis was the deciding factor in my university’s decision to accept me into their master’s program.”

Narrative evaluations express the thinking that went into your work, what you completed, and the reactions of both you and your faculty members to your work. These detailed documents often provide specific examples of achievement or progress.

Each course, program, or contract you take should be evaluated three ways:

  • Faculty will evaluate your work
  • You’ll write your own self-evaluation
  • You also get to evaluate your faculty, in return

Learn more about the evaluation process.

Elements of an evaluation

  • Description of the offering
  • Credit earned, broken down by subject
  • Description of your work, which may include:
    • Evaluation of your completed assignments, classwork, and exams
    • How you approach your work
    • How you work with your fellow students
    • Your objectives and preparation
    • Attendance record
    • Highlights of your skills and abilities

Faculty Leonard Schwartz converses with a student about her evaluation

Your Evaluations are More Meaningful

All the work you do is potentially part of your evaluation. Faculty will look at the assignments, tests, presentations, and other projects as they prepare to evaluate your work.

The narrative evaluation is a dialogue. You’ll get more feedback with how well you're doing, so you know where to go next, and what you're prepared for. The level of detail in an evaluation can go far beyond a single letter or number. It can help you improve over the course of your college career and do your best.

Your Voice Matters, Too

Students and faculty are encouraged to meet during Evaluation Week to share what they've written. This is an opportunity for you to talk in person about what will go into your transcript.

You also have the opportunity to write your perspective in your self-evaluation. Reflect on why you chose this offering, what you hoped to learn, and what you experienced along the way. These reflections may also feed into your Academic Statement.

Communicating Your Record to Grad Schools and Employers

People who read your transcript will get a full picture of what you did in college and what your work ethic is like. Graduate schools appreciate the level of detail, because it shows the depth of work. Your evaluations can demonstrate how prepared you are for graduate-level study.

Evergreen’s Registration and Records office has experience working with graduate schools and employers of all kinds to communicate whether your work meets their requirements. We can provide summary views and supplementary documentation if necessary. Contact the Registration and Records office if you have questions about your transcript.