The benefits offered by these types of visualizations are substantial, which a lead reviewer for the history department recognized. She chose to include visualizations in her final report, making the argument that the review process was made easier to understand through images that represent complex information. The reviewer offered the following comments:
Departments doing self-assessments and reviewers writing reports for administrators and government can use visualizations to see very clearly and easily what has gone on in a department over the preceding years. For example, for our mid-sized Ontario history department, it is very clear from the Bar Graph that the signature form of pedagogy is the seminar discussion group and that teaching leadership skills is a priority for a large number of faculty who specifically grade students on leadership.