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National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Featured Website: University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Criterion: Communication

University of Kentucky’s Office of Assessment disseminates data and assessment information to its institution’s internal audience, while staying transparent by posting it online for any online user to view, through its newsletter, Sizzle: What’s Hot in Assessment. Started in June 2009, these newsletters are distributed via email to multiple groups including those on the University Assessment Council, Provost Office, Assessment Workshop participants, all Deans and Directors of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. The newsletter informs its audience about assessment activities throughout the University, increasing transparency and providing a chance to learn from one another. Topics include new members at the office, upcoming workshops, world news on assessment, meeting synopsizes, and assessment deadlines for the University. Entering its third volume this month, Sizzle: What’s Hot in Assessment provides ideas for assessment, highlights how individuals and departments are using assessment data, and graphically displays quick assessment facts (on UK students, what the students are learning, and the effectiveness of the Office of Assessment), allowing information to be disseminated in a user-friendly format. Using lay language, giving clear examples of assessment on UK’s campus, and encouraging inter-institutional communication for cross department learning, Sizzle: What’s Hot in Assessment was chosen to be this month’s NILOA’s Featured Website.