What Data Can and Can't Do For Your University, Part 3

What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 3

Data, and the ability to analyze and report on it, can transform universities. But in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mark Salisbury, assistant dean and director of institutional research and assessment at Augustana College in Illinois, noted that “[d]espite all the cheerleading that seems to have accompanied big data’s arrival on campus, its promise to transform higher education continues to surge well ahead of its supporting evidence.” So what can and can’t data do for your university? To answer that question, we’ll explore how you can use information from your data solution to transform your institution. We’ll also discuss your role in ensuring that your data solution delivers on its potential benefits at your university. This is the third post in a series—previous posts dove into other benefits of a data solution, including increased efficiency, easier accreditation and other reporting, improved data quality and measuring impact. Continue reading “What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 3”

Client Customizations Inspire AACSB Reporting Innovations

Client Customizations Inspire AACSB Reporting Innovations

Complex faculty activity reporting (FAR) challenges require smart customizations to your FAR solution. Customization is part of the Activity Insight promise because it’s critical to achieving success for your university’s particular data collection and reporting requirements. It’s also an opportunity for Digital Measures to identify common needs and create best of breed reporting to meet them. That’s how we developed our suite of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation reports for Activity Insight, including the newest addition, the AACSB Required Fields Audit Report. Continue reading “Client Customizations Inspire AACSB Reporting Innovations”

What Data Can and Can't Do For Your University, Part 2

What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 2

Data and reporting capabilities are essential for higher education as universities grapple with the challenges of changing public expectations, increasing accountability to multiple stakeholders, uncertainty surrounding funding and ensuring that the education students receive prepares them to be future thinkers, workers and citizens. But in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mark Salisbury, assistant dean and director of institutional research and assessment at Augustana College in Illinois, noted that “[d]espite all the cheerleading that seems to have accompanied big data’s arrival on campus, its promise to transform higher education continues to surge well ahead of its supporting evidence.” So what can and can’t data do for your university? Continue reading “What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 2”

DMers Volunteer: Taking the Call for Radio Milwaukee

DMers Volunteer: Taking the Call for Radio Milwaukee

DMers Volunteer: Taking the Call for Radio MilwaukeeMilwaukee has been Digital Measures headquarters from day one and we appreciate the things that make our hometown special. That’s why DMers were eager to take the call for independent, commercial-free 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, answering phones for the station’s annual Spring Fund Drive. Continue reading “DMers Volunteer: Taking the Call for Radio Milwaukee”

What Data Can and Can’t Do for Your University

What Data Can and Can’t Do for Your University, Part 1

Data, and the ability to analyze and report on it, can transform universities. But in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mark Salisbury, assistant dean and director of institutional research and assessment at Augustana College in Illinois, noted that “[d]espite all the cheerleading that seems to have accompanied big data’s arrival on campus, its promise to transform higher education continues to surge well ahead of its supporting evidence.” So what can and can’t data do for your university? Continue reading “What Data Can and Can’t Do for Your University, Part 1”

Multiply FAR Efficiencies With Workflow

Multiply FAR Efficiencies With Workflow

The right faculty activity reporting solution makes collecting and reporting information on faculty accomplishments and impacts vastly more efficient. In fact, Activity Insight’s promise is “Capture data once, use it infinitely.” So instead of digging through file cabinets and ring binders for the same information—again—faculty enter data once, building a body of information tailored to your university’s known reporting requirements. And that data can be queried, so if the media or a legislator call looking for a particular bit of information, it’s just a few clicks away. Now, you can multiply the efficiencies of faculty activity reporting by digitizing your processes with the new Workflow Module for Activity Insight. Continue reading “Multiply FAR Efficiencies With Workflow”

Planning, Accountability Keys to FAR Success for University of Northern Colorado

Planning, Accountability Keys to FAR Success for University of Northern Colorado

When the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) purchased Activity Insight, its steering committee didn’t have a clear vision on how best to use it. Staff changes on the committee postponed those decisions until Mark Smith, Associate Dean, and Mike Hofmann, Software Applications Trainer and Activity Insight administrator, became the project owners in 2016 with an ambitious mandate: a plan to use Activity Insight for the university’s entire evaluation process within four years. Here, Smith shares UNC’s path to success, which included a project plan, weekly calls with Stacy Becker, Senior Engagement Consultant, and a pivotal visit to User Group. Continue reading “Planning, Accountability Keys to FAR Success for University of Northern Colorado”

Embrace the Benefits of Digital Workflow

Embrace the Benefits of Digital Workflow

If you’ve ever made an online purchase, you’ve experienced the benefits of a digital workflow. After a small amount of account setup, you add items to a virtual cart, make payment and receive updates right up to the time your order arrives on your doorstep—a great leap in efficiency and convenience compared to the old system of filling out a catalog order form or calling an 800 number.  Best of all, once you complete the initial setup, you can make purchases again and again without re-entering anything—just select your items and click “order now.” Wouldn’t it be great if faculty annual reviews and promotion and tenure could be as easy and efficient? Now they can, with the Workflow Module for Activity Insight. Continue reading “Embrace the Benefits of Digital Workflow”

For Texas State, the Recipe for Success Starts with Support

For Texas State, The Recipe for Success Starts with Support

Texas State University McCoy College of Business Administration used Activity Insight for 6 years before signing on for a campus-wide implementation in March 2016 with the immovable go live date of September 1, 2016. Whitten Smart, the school’s Supervisor of Learning Applications Solutions, shared the early steps of the university’s journey at our 2016 User Group. Here, Smart shares his thoughts on Texas State’s ongoing implementation and the recipe for success when implementing a faculty activity reporting solution. Continue reading “For Texas State, The Recipe for Success Starts with Support”

New Activity Insight Report Eases AACSB Accreditation

New Activity Insight Report Eases AACSB Accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) holds business schools to high reporting standards, which is why more than half of all AACSB-accredited schools of business use Activity Insight. Now, our new Required Fields Audit Report makes AACSB reporting even easier by surfacing missing faculty data so they can be updated and included. This ensures that tables 2-1, 15-1 and 15-2 reflect all of your faculty’s applicable qualifications and accomplishments. Continue reading “New Activity Insight Report Eases AACSB Accreditation”