Near the end of the work term, you will receive an email for each student you supervise with a link to their student performance evaluation. Please be sure to submit the evaluation in WaterlooWorks at the end of your student's work term to ensure they receive the credit.
The Student Performance Evaluation format changed on January 31, 2021 to provide you with better clarity as your student focuses on developing targeted talents and competencies over the course of their work term.
To assist you and your student in identifying these competencies, the University of Waterloo has developed the Future Ready Talent Framework (FRTF), consisting of four talent clusters, that contain three competencies each. The rating system from Outstanding to Unsatisfactory remains unchanged.
Instructions to complete the form (either using the email link or within WaterlooWorks) are available on our website.
Please keep in mind your rating will become part of the student's co-op work history. Therefore, it will be seen by prospective employers when they apply to future jobs. We also encourage you to have an informal midterm.
Remember that mentorship is key for co-op student success
Remember that the employment relationship is a partnership between you and your co-op students.
- Create a supportive atmosphere where your co-op students learn new skills and solve problems – while also feeling comfortable asking questions and turning to you for guidance.
- Set expectations at the beginning of the work term. It's important to discuss work hours, job responsibilities and mutually agreed upon goals.
Remember that Waterloo co-op students:
- are high performers who are excited to contribute to your organization and put the knowledge they've gained in the classroom to work.
- want meaningful jobs where they will learn new skills and contribute to the success of your organization.
Check out our five tips for managing a successful co-op work term.
Student Performance Evaluation form - Effective January 31, 2021
Student Performance Evaluation form
Why is the new student performance evaluation important to you?
Current term: a tool to review the performance of a student at the end of the work term in a way that will be consistent for students from one work term to the next; a way to review whether the students’ performance has met expectations
Future value: employers benefit from the overall rating which is presented to them during the application phase in the co-op hiring history based on students’ previous evaluations. To review and add comments to your form, visit this page.
Current term: a method of setting performance expectations for students, they understand how they are going to be evaluated at the end of the term; a method for receiving formal feedback from their employer on their work term performance and to reflect on their areas of strength and areas for development
Future value: an endorsement of their skills/performance for future employers
A method of collecting standardized feedback from employers on students’ performance during the work term; enables the university to identify areas where students may require additional support or development.
A tool to enable the assignment of credit for the student’s work term; a method of collecting standardized feedback from employers on students’ performance which enables reporting on quality indicators for programs through accreditation, and/or program reviews.
If you have questions about completing your Student Performance Evaluation, contact your co-op advisor.