Why is UK using Blackboard for General Education Assessment?

Blackboard was chosen to be the evaluation software used for assessment at the University of Kentucky and has been designated by Provost Subbaswamy as our means of collecting assessment data. The system was chosen for the following reasons: 1) it is already widely in use at the University; 2) the Blackboard system allows for a uniform process to upload and store assessable artifacts; and 3) provides an environment for evaluation and reporting of assessment. All artifacts loaded into Blackboard will maintain valuable demographic information about the students (i.e. race, sex, age, socio-economic data, class, etc.).