Campus Level Assessment

The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) is a nationally–normed, authentic assessment developed by the Council for Aid to Education to measure institutional achievements in student learning in four key general education core skills: critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication. CLA results are controlled for incoming academic ability.  

The Multi-State Collaborative (MSC) to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment is a collective effort by nine states – Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah – to partner in the development and pilot testing of a new model for assessment of student learning. The MSC is in partnership with the Association of American College and Universities (AAC&U) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).  

QEP Presentation U! is a state of the art multimodal communication center offering tutoring for students and support services for faculty to increase oral, written, and visual communication competence both inside and outside of the classroom, as part of UK's Quality Enhancement Plan (a component of the requirements for our SACS-COC accreditation)

The University of Kentucky’s general education program – the UK Core – is foundational to a university education at the University of Kentucky. A university education is more than simply learning a set of skills in a specific area in preparation for a job or career. A university education is designed to broaden the students’ understanding of themselves, of the world we live in, of their role in our global society, and of the ideals and aspirations that have motivated human thought and action throughout the ages. It must help individuals effectively put into action their acquired knowledge, to provide the bases for critical thinking and problem solving, and to develop life-long learning habits. The UK Core is composed of the equivalent of 30 credit hours in 10 course areas that address four broad learning outcomes. Depending on choice of major or courses, some students may take more than 30 credit hours to complete the UK Core.


The Climate for Learning Survey is a questionnaire providing the University with information to evaluate the social and academic climate on campus.

The UK Freshman Survey is administered to first year students to assess high school preparation and readiness for college, students' beliefs, values, and expectations, and social life.

The National Survey of Student Engagement measures how students spend their time in educationally purposeful activities and how the institution uses its resources to support student learning.  

The UK Senior Survey is administered annually to seniors who have earned at least 90 credit hours and applied for their degree. The survey asks students to evaluate their satisfaction with instruction, programs, and services. Graduating seniors are also asked to report their educational and career-related plans.