In this edition of ASSETT Insight, we turn the lens on our newsletter. The ASSETT newsletter is published two to three times per semester. It is a digital publication distributed via email to all Arts & Sciences faculty, including GPTIs (graduate part-time instructors). Staff, community partners, and other stakeholders may request to be added to the distribution list by contacting Joy Adams. Past issues of the newsletter are archived on our website.
Since summer 2018, ASSETT has conducted an annual survey of engaged A&S faculty to helps us improve the delivery and quality of our programs and services. ("Engaged faculty" include any participants in our offerings and services during the previous three academic years.) In 2019, 44 faculty representing departments from across the College of Arts & Sciences responded to the survey from a pool of 149 invitees. Here's what they had to say about our newsletter:
65% read the newsletter at least once per semester
Structural factors limit readership
Among reasons cited for not reading the newsletter more often, 86% of responses refer to factors beyond ASSETT's control, such as a lack of time and competing demands. As one respondent explained: "I think ASSETT is doing all it can -- everything is visually attractive and appealing, without extra information and without harassing faculty too frequently. I think faculty are just busy and preoccupied."
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About this column
ASSETT Insights is an occasional column that presents data collected from our most important source: YOU! In each edition, we share insights from A&S faculty about the effectiveness and impact of ASSETT intiatives, programs, and services.