Office of Institutional Assessment Website Recognized

Posted: March 29, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: March 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

By Robin Herron

The National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has recognized Mason’s Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA) website as the featured website of the month “because of its clear navigation and communication strategies.”

The site is commended for its menus, for its organization and even for its reports that “highlight key findings using lucid language.”

Rawa Jassem is the web developer for the site.

“While the entire office is involved in decisions about the website, Rawa not only comes up with ideas to make it more useful to the user, she is, ultimately, the one responsible for the final product,” says Karen Gentemann, associate provost for institutional effectiveness. “Rawa is such an important person in our office. She makes so many things so much easier because of her talent, perseverance and commitment.”

Gentemann says the website generates positive comments at Mason, and she likes being able to refer faculty and staff members to the website when they are looking for information on general education assessment, for models of good program reviews and for examples of good student learning outcomes.

The office often hears from colleagues outside of Mason that they have adapted things they’ve seen on the OIA website.

“To be recognized by a respected national organization makes everyone’s step a little lighter,” Gentemann says.

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