DMers Learn Improv Techniques for Creativity, Collaboration

DMers Learn Improv Techniques for Creativity, Collaboration

 

Once a quarter, the whole Digital Measures team comes together for an offsite event to get us out of our routines and into something surprising and fun. DMers have gone curling, cooked tapas, played maker’s golf and more. This time, we found ourselves at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. After a quick tour of the Rep’s three performance spaces and extensive backstage workshops, we spent the afternoon improvising together. We had a blast, and came away with some fresh ways to creatively collaborate. Continue reading “DMers Learn Improv Techniques for Creativity, Collaboration”

Streamlining HLC Reporting with Pittsburg State University

Streamlining HLC Reporting with Pittsburg State University

For Pittsburg State University in Kansas, success in streamlining HLC reporting began with implementing a faculty activity reporting solution campus-wide. Jan Smith, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Pitt State, and Stacy Becker, Digital Measures Senior Engagement Consultant and Client Success Manager, presented Pitt State’s success story at the recent Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conference in Chicago. In a previous post, they discussed implementing FAR. Here, Smith and Becker discuss collaborating to create HLC reporting for Pitt State which evolved into HLC reports available to all universities using Activity Insight in the HLC region. Continue reading “Streamlining HLC Reporting with Pittsburg State University”

Faster, Easier Run Reports Menu Debuts in Activity Insight

Faster, Easier Run Reports Menu Debuts in Activity Insight

Rollout of the new Run Reports menu for Activity Insight begins June 19. This faster, more intuitive interface received great feedback during user testing, and we’re excited to share it with you.

Benefits of the New Run Reports Menu

  1. Faster: The Run Reports menu joins the faculty-facing interfaces that have been upgraded to return information without screen refreshes. As a result, the Run Reports menu has the “app experience” of near-instant updates.
  2. Easier navigation: Rather than a drop-down list, available reports now display in a table. This simplifies the screen for faculty, who typically have between two and four available reports. Rather than navigate a list, simply click on the report name to begin.  And in response to user feedback, the Create a New Report button is now at the top right corner of the screen for better visibility.
  3. WCAG 2.0 compliant: The Run Reports menu complies with current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, the standard for ensuring that software is accessible to people with disabilities.

Run Reports menu

If you have any questions about this new menu, visit the Resource Center or contact us—we’re happy to help!

Change Management Ensures FAR Success with Pittsburg State University

Change Management Ensures FAR Success with Pittsburg State University

For Pittsburg State University (Pitt State) in Kansas, change management ensured buy-in and faculty activity reporting (FAR) success when the university rolled out a solution used by its Kelce College of Business to the rest of the campus. Jan Smith, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Pitt State, and Stacy Becker, Digital Measures Senior Engagement Consultant and Client Success Manager, presented Pitt State’s story at the recent Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conference in Chicago. The university’s success with managing faculty activity reporting also included streamlining the university’s HLC reporting. Here, Smith and Becker share Pitt State’s FAR journey; in our next post, they’ll discuss the collaboration to create HLC reports – a project which evolved to make a suite of reports available to all universities using Activity Insight in the HLC region. Continue reading “Change Management Ensures FAR Success with Pittsburg State University”

Faculty Activity Data Supports Strategic Initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Part 2

Faculty Activity Data Supports Strategic Initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Part 2

The data needed to support strategic initiatives and measure a university’s institutional effectiveness come from many places, including faculty. So when the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) set its Top Tier initiative in place, it turned to Digital Measures Activity Insight  software for the faculty activity data needed to support its long-term goals, including boosting its Carnegie classification in research from R2 to R1 and achieving the Carnegie Engagement classification. Tondra De, Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs at UNLV, and David Sarnowski, Digital Measures Engagement Consultant, discussed how faculty activity data supports strategic initiatives at UNLV during the recent AIR Forum in Washington, D.C.

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at UNLV’s history of faculty activity reporting, Top Tier initiative and partnership with Digital Measures. Here, the conversation continues, exploring the value of faculty activity data, gaining faculty buy-in and how UNLV’s faculty data support the university’s strategic decisions. Continue reading “Faculty Activity Data Supports Strategic Initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Part 2”

Faculty Activity Data Supports Strategic Initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Faculty Activity Data Supports Strategic Initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Part 1

The data needed to support strategic initiatives and measure a university’s institutional effectiveness come from many places, including faculty. So when the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) set its Top Tier initiative in place, it turned to Digital Measures Activity Insight  software for the faculty activity data needed to support its long-term goals, including boosting its Carnegie classification in research from R2 to R1 and achieving the Carnegie Engagement classification. Tondra De, Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs at UNLV, and David Sarnowski, Digital Measures Engagement Consultant, discussed how faculty activity data supports strategic initiatives at UNLV during the recent AIR Forum in Washington, D.C.

In Part 1 of this series, we’ll look at UNLV’s history of faculty activity reporting, Top Tier initiative and partnership with Digital Measures. Next time, we’ll discuss the value of faculty activity data, gaining faculty buy-in and supporting your institution’s big picture decisions. Continue reading “Faculty Activity Data Supports Strategic Initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Part 1”

6 Things to Know Before You Launch Faculty Activity Reporting Software

6 Things to Know Before You Launch Faculty Activity Reporting Software

Faculty activity reporting software is an important investment for your university, so you want to prepare yourself to make the most of it from the moment you sign on. Asking your stakeholders some key questions sets the stage for successful implementation and meeting your institution’s objectives  on schedule. Here are six things to know before you launch faculty activity reporting software. Continue reading “6 Things to Know Before You Launch Faculty Activity Reporting Software”

Veterans Hold Place of Honor in Higher Education

Veterans Hold Place of Honor in Higher Education

When President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 into law, he forged a new relationship between higher education and veterans that transformed higher ed as well as the U.S. economy. The GI Bill, as the law is commonly known, was written to prevent the 16 million veterans of World War II from experiencing the problems faced by returning soldiers of previous wars: low benefits, and difficulty finding jobs in an economy suddenly flooded with jobseekers.

“Historians say the GI Bill fueled a major expansion of the nation’s higher education system and made college a cornerstone of middle-class American life,” said Stephen Smith, reporting for Marketplace.

According to Eliza Berman, writing for Time, the GI Bill “had an unprecedented impact on veterans and the higher education system alike.” In fact, Berman reports, LIFE published a 1947 cover story about student veterans, who suddenly made up more than 50 percent of the college population.

Eventually expanded to include all who have served in the military, the GI Bill has educated millions, and is credited with laying the foundation for today’s middle class—and producing some of the great innovations of the 20th century. “The scientists and engineers and teachers and thinkers who brought in the information age, who took us to the moon, who waged the Cold War, you name it—all those men and women were educated through the GI Bill,” said historian Ed Humes.

It also fueled service to higher education by veterans. In fact, veterans currently lead ten universities:

  • Christopher Howard, Robert Morris University
  • Elizabeth L. Hillman, Mills College
  • Robert E. Clark, Wesley College
  • Ann Rondeau, College of DuPage
  • Steven H. Tallant, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • William R. Harvey, Hampton University
  • Thomas J. Haas, Grand Valley State University
  • Elroy Ortiz Oakley, Long Beach Community College District
  • Herman J. Fenton, Wilberforce University
  • David E. Garland, Baylor University

Between 2000 and 2012, more than 900,000 veterans and military service members received education benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, carrying forward the important relationship forged between veterans and higher education in 1944.

On Memorial Day we salute those who have served our nation. We also recognize the role higher education has played in advancing the lives of those who gave so much and our pride in working in this industry.

7 Ways Faculty Activity Reporting Benefits Faculty

7 Ways Faculty Activity Reporting Benefits Faculty

Universities embrace faculty activity reporting (FAR) software for its many reporting capabilities, easing everything from compiling faculty accomplishments and measuring impacts to accreditation reporting and faculty reviews. But what about you, the folks who have to enter that information into the system? FAR software companies know that there should be something in it for the faculty whose activities and accomplishments comprise the system. Here are seven ways that faculty activity reporting benefits faculty. Continue reading “7 Ways Faculty Activity Reporting Benefits Faculty”

Before & After Implementing Faculty Activity Reporting Software

Before & After Implementing Faculty Activity Reporting Software

The right faculty activity reporting solution allows you to capture faculty data once and use it again and again for many needs, from faculty CVs to accreditation reporting.

But have you ever wondered if faculty activity reporting solutions live up to their promise? Here, your university peers share:

  • The types of challenges that universities like yours faced before implementing Activity Insight on their campus
  • How life has changed on campus since putting Activity Insight into place
  • The efficiencies and insight gained by making this change