Meet Team DM: DMers Play Maker’s Golf

Meet Team DM: DMers Play Maker’s Golf

DMer maker's golf eventDMers work hard together and we take time to play together, too. Our first quarterly event of 2017 took us to Nine Below in Milwaukee, where teams of DMers created their own miniature golf greens. We chose location of the pin, set course boundaries and added obstacles—think Minecraft meets Caddyshack in a maker space where the objective is team bonding. Continue reading “Meet Team DM: DMers Play Maker’s Golf”

Information as Transformation: Telling the Story of Educational Excellence

Information as Transformation: Telling the Story of Educational Excellence, Part 2

Information as transformation: Digital Measures CEO and founder Matt Bartel explored this powerful idea in conversation with James Anderson, Chancellor, Fayetteville State University (FSU), and Laurens Smith, Interim Provost, Utah State University (USU), at the recent American Council on Education (ACE) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. From educational excellence to institutional transformation, data and reporting are key. Earlier in the conversation, the panel discussed how the commitment to data-driven reporting and decision making came to each campus. Here, the conversation continues, touching on faculty engagement with faculty activity reporting and some exciting new initiatives, including collaborations inspired by reporting outcomes. Continue reading “Information as Transformation: Telling the Story of Educational Excellence, Part 2”

Information as Transformation: Telling the Story of Educational Excellence

Information as Transformation: Telling the Story of Educational Excellence, Part 1

Information as transformation: it’s a powerful idea that Digital Measures CEO and founder Matt Bartel explored in conversation with James Anderson, Chancellor, Fayetteville State University (FSU), and Laurens Smith, Interim Provost, Utah State University (USU), at the recent American Council on Education (ACE) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. From educational excellence to institutional transformation, data and reporting are key. Here’s the first of a two-part a recap of the conversation. Continue reading “Information as Transformation: Telling the Story of Educational Excellence, Part 1”

Public Trust, Financial Aid and Evolving Best Practices Top Higher Ed News

Public Trust, Financial Aid and Evolving Best Practices Top Higher Ed News

The news never stops, and higher education is making its share of headlines. Here are some of the stories we’ve been watching at Digital Measures.

IRS/FAFSA Connection Offline

Security concerns forced the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to suspend the data-retrieval tool used by students as part of the financial aid application process. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the tool became unavailable last week with no explanation. On March 9, the Department of Education and IRS said the tool would remain unavailable for weeks due to security concerns. Students can still complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using information from their tax returns, but this close to the filing deadline, the glitch could prevent some students from completing applications on time. Continue reading “Public Trust, Financial Aid and Evolving Best Practices Top Higher Ed News”

Purdue Streamlines NIFA Reporting with Smart Activity Insight Customizations

Purdue Streamlines NIFA Reporting with Smart Activity Insight Customizations

Complex faculty activity reporting (FAR) challenges require smart customizations to your FAR solution. Customization is part of the Activity Insight promise, and the Digital Measures Development team consistently exceeds expectations on the customizations they create. In fact, the team has a remarkable satisfaction rating averaging just over 4.8 out of 5 so far in 2017. We reached out to Purdue University’s Alee Gunderson, Associate Data Analyst at the Purdue College of Agriculture & Purdue Polytechnic to hear about her experience collaborating with Digital Measures to meet Purdue’s unique reporting objectives. Continue reading “Purdue Streamlines NIFA Reporting with Smart Activity Insight Customizations”

Strong Working Relationship Spurs Activity Insight Success with Virginia Commonwealth University

Strong Working Relationship Spurs Activity Insight Success with Virginia Commonwealth University

Implementing a faculty activity reporting solution is a many-faceted project that needs the right support to gain traction and meet its goals. Fortunately, a great working relationship with a Digital Measures Engagement Specialist made all the difference for Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of Business. Here is the School’s success story. Continue reading “Strong Working Relationship Spurs Activity Insight Success with Virginia Commonwealth University”

3 Best Practices for Creating and Managing Users

3 Best Practices for Creating and Managing Users

Managing users throughout the academic year is an important practice to ensure that reports from your faculty activity reporting system are always current. Make certain that your newest faculty can input their teaching, publication, research and service activities and faculty who have retired or left the institution no longer appear on your reports. We’ve outlined three best practices that can help you this this task.

1) Create and Update Users on a Schedule

The exact point during the academic year to create and update the users in your faculty activity reporting solution will vary from university to university. For example, you might schedule adding and updating users at the outset of the academic year, as well as the beginning of each quarter. Choose timing that works for your university calendar, then set a routine of managing user records at those intervals. Adhering to a user maintenance schedule ensures that your faculty activity reporting remains current, allowing accurate reporting regardless of the time of year. This is helpful for accreditation and ad hoc reporting, which may not coincide with annual reviews or promotion and tenure. Continue reading “3 Best Practices for Creating and Managing Users”

Business Schools Lead the Way to Campus-wide Faculty Activity Reporting

Business Schools Lead the Way to Campus-wide Faculty Activity Reporting

Implementing faculty activity reporting software can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re considering a campus-wide implementation. Fortunately for many universities, business schools often lead the way on faculty activity reporting, which can smooth the path of a wider rollout. In fact, in 2016, more than one-third of campus-wide Activity Insight implementations began with using it in the business school first.

Building on Success

Business schools often implement Activity Insight to prepare for the rigorous reporting required for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. This reporting demonstrates the value of faculty activity reporting and how it can benefit the whole institution. Continue reading “Business Schools Lead the Way to Campus-wide Faculty Activity Reporting”

Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Alabama

Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Alabama!

university of alabama mugThere’s a new mug on our Digital Measures mug wall! We are pleased to announce that the University of Alabama (UA) has joined the rapidly growing number of universities using Activity Insight university-wide to capture and report on faculty activities and accomplishments. UA will also implement our new Workflow Module for Activity Insight to digitize promotion and tenure, sabbatical requests and more. Continue reading “Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Alabama!”

Presidential Higher Ed Facts for Presidents Day

Presidential Higher Ed Facts for Presidents Day

For nearly 500 years, higher education has been part of the fabric of what is now the United States. On Presidents Day, we thought it would be fun to take a look at higher ed as experienced and influenced by George Washington and his successors. Enjoy!

Student Outcomes

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. presidents graduated from college. Notable exceptions include Abraham Lincoln, whose great erudition belied his single year of formal education at any level, and George Washington, whose college education was cut short by his father’s death. Continue reading “Presidential Higher Ed Facts for Presidents Day”