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11 Considerations When Choosing a Faculty Activity Reporting Solution

Before choosing a faculty activity reporting solution, you will spend some time evaluating the system to ensure that it meets all of your needs. The evaluation process should be thorough. Think beyond just your surface needs and get down to the details. Ask yourself: What are the needs of each academic unit? Which stakeholders are involved across campus (institutional research, provost’s office, IT, associate deans, department chairs, faculty and more)? Once you’ve thought about that, consider these eleven points. Continue reading “11 Considerations When Choosing a Faculty Activity Reporting Solution”

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4 Best Practices for Working with a Data Entry Team

One of the first hesitations when implementing a faculty activity reporting solution is wondering how all of your faculty information is going to get into the system. There are a number of data entry options: enter it yourself, assign the task to administrative staff, ask faculty members to do it or enlist the help of students or hired data entry workers. Here are some best practices—resulting from our own experiences and those of your peers—for doing just that. Continue reading “4 Best Practices for Working with a Data Entry Team”

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Creating a Successful Project Team

Choosing a faculty activity reporting solution is a big decision. And it’s common that universities underestimate the resources that go into implementing, maintaining and maximizing the potential of their system. That’s why a project team should be involved from the very beginning. A project team will increase your university’s success with adoption, help faculty realize the value of the system and ensure that no one is overwhelmed with the responsibility of launching the solution. Here are a few things to think about to ensure you build a successful project team.
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4 Things You Should Know about the New HLC Faculty Qualifications

You may have heard: the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) revised its guidelines on faculty qualifications, once in October 2015 and again in March 2016. These revisions restated HLC’s “longstanding expectations regarding the qualifications of faculty and the importance of faculty members having appropriate expertise in the subjects they teach.” But what does this really mean for you? And how can you leverage your faculty activity reporting solution to illustrate your faculty’s expertise? Here’s four things you should know about the updated guidelines.  Continue reading “4 Things You Should Know about the New HLC Faculty Qualifications”

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Creating Goals to Accelerate the Usage of Your Faculty Activity Reporting Solution

Before you roll out your faculty activity reporting solution, you should spend some time thinking about your goals. Every good system requires a good plan behind it. And now’s the time to think beyond the standard “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” and to think deeper than “I want all faculty using the system for annual reviews.” Here are some tips on what to do to guarantee that you create measurable objectives that align with the overall goals for your faculty activity reporting solution. Continue reading “Creating Goals to Accelerate the Usage of Your Faculty Activity Reporting Solution”

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3 Ways a Faculty Activity Reporting Solution Streamlines Faculty Reviews

Annual reviews: what does this process look like on your campus today? It can be time-consuming and tedious, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few ways that a faculty activity reporting solution can help your university address these inefficiencies. Continue reading “3 Ways a Faculty Activity Reporting Solution Streamlines Faculty Reviews”

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3 Best Practices for Training New Faculty

Launch is over. And your faculty activity reporting solution is all set-up and faculty are trained. But what about faculty who join your university moving forward? Every good implementation includes a plan to train and on-board faculty post-launch. Here are some tips to guarantee that new faculty know everything they need to know about your faculty activity reporting solution.   Continue reading “3 Best Practices for Training New Faculty”

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3 Tips for Gaining Faculty Buy-In for a Faculty Activity Reporting Solution

You know it all too well, you need information from your faculty and then you have to go track it down. You make many requests for information (often the same types of information) to your faculty every year. But there’s a way to change that: a faculty activity reporting solution. With a central location for the latest and greatest faculty achievements, you know where you can find what you need. And faculty don’t need to take time from their primary responsibilities to respond to your inquiries. Continue reading “3 Tips for Gaining Faculty Buy-In for a Faculty Activity Reporting Solution”

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How Baylor University is Using Faculty Activity Software to Measure Mission Success

With a faculty activity reporting solution, universities are able to leverage faculty information to tell their institution’s distinctive story. For Baylor University, this came in the form of illustrating how the university is working to achieve its strategic vision, “Pro Futuris.” During a recent presentation at AIR Forum 2016, Michael Matier, Vice Provost of Institutional Effectiveness at Baylor University joined us for a presentation, “How Baylor University is Utilizing Faculty Activity Tracking as One Means to Measuring Mission Success.” Continue reading “How Baylor University is Using Faculty Activity Software to Measure Mission Success”