Category: Best Practices

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”

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”

Showcase Faculty Accomplishments with Automatic Web Profile Updates

Faculty web profiles are important for recruiting, fundraising, surfacing collaboration opportunities and more. But at many universities, faculty have to request updates, which can be low on an already jam-packed to do list, causing delays. And manually updating faculty web profiles taxes the resources of your marketing and IT teams. With the right customizations and some upfront work integrating with the campus website, a faculty activity reporting (FAR) solution can automatically update faculty web profiles using the data faculty already entered into the system for other uses, such as annual reporting or accreditation. Using faculty’s existing data eliminates manual tasks and ensures that your university website tells the most current story of faculty research, publications and other accomplishments. Continue reading “Showcase Faculty Accomplishments with Automatic Web Profile Updates”

1, 3, 5, 7: Laser Focus Spurs Accelerated AACSB Launches

With the difficulties of manually collecting, calculating and reporting on faculty activity data in support of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, many business schools decide to implement faculty activity reporting software. But given the lengthy accreditation and reporting cycle, it’s easy to let that initial urgency fade, which can delay time to value of the software and turn the next AACSB reporting deadline into another fire drill. Fortunately, by setting deadlines and prioritizing a single-focus project, implementing faculty activity reporting for AACSB accreditation can actually be a remarkably streamlined process. In gathering client insight and feedback from countless AACSB implementations, Digital Measures’ Onboarding Team began using a strategy that positions business schools to implement AACSB reporting in as little as 12 weeks. We call it the “1, 3, 5, 7 Mindset,” and it requires a laser focus, strong project team and a commitment to meeting deadlines. Here’s how an accelerated AACSB implementation works. Continue reading “1, 3, 5, 7: Laser Focus Spurs Accelerated AACSB Launches”

Day of Me Event Highlights FAR Benefits for Faculty, with Indiana State University

The way Kelly Wilkinson, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business, sees it, the value of faculty activity reporting (FAR) software to faculty is the ability to tell their stories in different ways. And she employed an innovative strategy to encourage faculty to input their data so they can output it for a variety of uses, from biennial reviews and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) reporting to customizing CVs for a variety of purposes. Here, Wilkinson shares an overview of the Day of Me event held in May and highlights FAR benefits for faculty, expected and unexpected, that came out of the event. Continue reading “Day of Me Event Highlights FAR Benefits for Faculty, with Indiana 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”

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”

User Group 2017: Share Your Story

2016 user group presenterGreat stories empower and inspire us, so they need to be shared! Which is why we’re excited to announce the theme for this year’s Digital Measures User Group 2017: Share Your Story. Whether you’ve done something innovative to achieve your university’s strategic objectives or used Activity Insight to measure the impact of your faculty and university, we want to hear your story—and help you tell it.

User Group 2017 is October 8-10 in Milwaukee. You can register here. Continue reading “User Group 2017: Share Your Story”

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”