Kris Babe

Content Marketing Specialist

Kris is a seasoned writer, editor and content marketer who specializes in connecting an audience with the information it needs. She grooves on technical topics and all things literary. When she's not writing, she's probably reading, knitting or driving the back roads with her husband in their '57 Chevy station wagon.

Recent Posts by Kris Babe:

3 Tips For Engaging Faculty With Activity Reporting Software

When correctly implemented, faculty activity reporting software is a win-win for faculty and university administrators alike, capturing accomplishments so they can be shared with a wide range of stakeholders, from legislators, accreditors and alumni to prospective students and faculty. The willingness of faculty to support and use this type of software is essential to success. Here are three tips for engaging faculty in the joint project of implementing a faculty activity database. Continue reading “3 Tips For Engaging Faculty With Activity Reporting Software”

Learn to Engage Faculty at User Group 2017

To get the full benefit of a faculty activity reporting system, you need help from your most important asset, your faculty. After all, their activities and accomplishments define your university. User Group 2017 is less than two months away, and our agenda is jam-packed with informative presentations by your university peers, including several with success in encouraging faculty to embrace Activity Insight and steer its use. Register today to take part in these faculty-focused sessions: Continue reading “Learn to Engage Faculty at User Group 2017”

The Value of Faculty Activity Reporting to Faculty

Faculty data is mission critical for universities working to achieve strategic goals, maintain accreditation and share their stories of impact on students, the community and the world. But what’s the value of faculty activity reporting to faculty themselves? Daily tasks add up to a lifetime of accomplishment, and capturing and recording those accomplishments has value to the individual and the institution. In fact, a complete and accurate record can reveal the ways in which faculty have fulfilled the goals that inspired them to a vocation in higher education, and reinvigorate the pursuit of goals not yet attained. Here’s how faculty can use their own data to engage more deeply with their life’s work: Continue reading “The Value of Faculty Activity Reporting to Faculty”

11 Considerations When Choosing a Faculty Activity Reporting Solution

Before choosing a faculty activity reporting solution, you’ll likely spend a substantial amount of time evaluating the system to ensure that it meets your university’s needs. This is the ideal time to think beyond obvious requirements such as annual reporting. Ask yourself: What campus-wide information do we need from the system? 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)? Then consider these eleven points: Continue reading “11 Considerations When Choosing a Faculty Activity Reporting Solution”

Faculty Activity Reporting Software Eases Accreditation

Accrediting bodies develop criteria for evaluating universities and programs, and conduct peer reviews to assess whether or not those criteria are met. According to the Department of Education, the goal of accreditation is to ensure that institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality in what they are delivering to students. Federal financial aid and employer tuition reimbursement are tied to accreditation, so it’s vital for recruiting and retaining students and faculty. But preparing the reports required by accreditors is a painful process, especially if you’re working from paper or spreadsheets. It doesn’t have to be—the right faculty activity reporting software eases accreditation. Here’s how. Continue reading “Faculty Activity Reporting Software Eases Accreditation”

From Paper-based to Faculty Activity Database With Radford University

Radford University’s road to demonstrating faculty influence on student success had a humble beginning—moving faculty annual reviews off of paper and into digital form. Charley Cosmato, Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Radford, and Andrew Wiech, Digital Measures Senior Engagement Consultant, shared the university’s evolution from simply digitizing faculty reviews to using faculty activity data to measure faculty’s impacts on a range of strategic priorities, including student success and retention at the recent American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) conference. In our last post, we shared Radford’s experience using faculty activity data to demonstrate the ways faculty contribute to student success, but that didn’t happen overnight. Here, we’ll share Radford’s journey from paper-based faculty annual reporting to fully realizing the capabilities of a faculty activity database. Continue reading “From Paper-based to Faculty Activity Database With Radford University”

Demonstrating Faculty Influence on Student Success With Radford University

Radford University’s road to demonstrating faculty influence on student success had a humble beginning—moving faculty annual reviews off of paper and into digital form. Charley Cosmato, Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Radford, and Andrew Wiech, Digital Measures Senior Engagement Consultant, shared the university’s evolution at the recent American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) conference. Their presentation focused on both digitizing faculty reviews and using faculty activity data to measure faculty’s impacts on a range of strategic priorities, including student success and retention. In this post, we’ll share Radford’s experience using faculty activity data to demonstrate the ways faculty contribute to student success; in part 2, we’ll share Radford’s journey from paper-based faculty annual reporting to fully utilizing the capabilities of faculty activity reporting software. Continue reading “Demonstrating Faculty Influence on Student Success With Radford University”

User Group 2017 Agenda Is Now Available!

Our agenda for User Group 2017 Share Your Story is now available! This year’s roster is filled with remarkable success stories and best practices of more than a dozen of your university peers. And every second of our programming is devoted to helping you drive results in ways that didn’t seem possible.

In addition to our usual client-focused content, you won’t want to miss our Keynote speaker, former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan in an exclusive presentation for User Group attendees.

Of course, we’ll also have our CEO and Founder Matt Bartel’s DM Download to kick off the conference and exciting sessions that explore what’s next from our Product Management team.

Past attendees tell us how instrumental User Group is for networking with colleagues and bringing back actionable takeaways to their campus.

Want to set your university up for success with Activity Insight? Don’t miss User Group 2017 to learn and get inspired! Take a look at what we have in store this year, then register today!

A Strong User Community Supports Client Success

As consumers, we have an amazing array of user communities where we can connect with others to share best practices, success stories, pro tips, development ideas and—of course—their questions. Think Nike, with its apps for runners and other athletes, or the way Playstation facilitates interaction among users. The best tech companies do this as well, including the SAP Community Network and VMware’s support of local user groups and conferences. A strong user community supports client success: here’s how we cultivate relationships with and among Activity Insight users. Continue reading “A Strong User Community Supports Client Success”

New Office Update: The Countdown Is On!

Digital Measures has grown a lot in recent years—in fact, we ran out of space. Almost a year ago, we announced the construction of a new Digital Measures headquarters, and last week we took a tour of the final stages of construction. Here’s a sneak preview—we’re counting down and can’t wait to move in! Continue reading “New Office Update: The Countdown Is On!”