Category: Case Study

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, 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”

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”

Planning, Accountability Keys to FAR Success for University of Northern Colorado

When the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) purchased Activity Insight, its steering committee didn’t have a clear vision on how best to use it. Staff changes on the committee postponed those decisions until Mark Smith, Associate Dean, and Mike Hofmann, Software Applications Trainer and Activity Insight administrator, became the project owners in 2016 with an ambitious mandate: a plan to use Activity Insight for the university’s entire evaluation process within four years. Here, Smith shares UNC’s path to success, which included a project plan, weekly calls with Stacy Becker, Senior Engagement Consultant, and a pivotal visit to User Group. Continue reading “Planning, Accountability Keys to FAR Success for University of Northern Colorado”

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”

Implementing On-demand Reporting in Support of Continuous Improvement with FSU

What’s the best way to transform your institution? It all begins with good data—just ask Jon Young, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Fayetteville State University (FSU). The University’s focus on continuous improvement increased degree productivity from 15 percent in 2008 to 21 percent in 2015. The American Council on Education (ACE) recognized this achievement with its 2016 Award for Institutional Transformation for schools with more than 5,000 students. FSU’s early efforts relied on imperfect data sets and laborious hand tabulation, but implementing on-demand reporting from Activity Insight has transformed FSU’s efforts. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading “Implementing On-demand Reporting in Support of Continuous Improvement with FSU”

How Kaplan University Uses Faculty Activity Reporting to Achieve Strategic Goals

With a nationwide online presence as well as physical campuses in multiple states, Kaplan University needed a faculty activity reporting (FAR) system that would allow it to provide the reporting required for Higher Learning Commission accreditation, multiple professional accrediting bodies and the state educational governing bodies to whom the university reports. But Kaplan has done much more. In addition to meeting its accreditation reporting requirements, the University now leverages data from Activity Insight to meet strategic goals including recognizing faculty achievements and promoting community engagement. Continue reading “How Kaplan University Uses Faculty Activity Reporting to Achieve Strategic Goals”

Getting Down to Business with AACSB, with Johns Hopkins University & California State University, Los Angeles

At our recent User Group, two universities shared their experience using Activity Insight to streamline the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process. This session was presented by Frederick San Mateo, Senior Business Analyst at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and Erin Doolittle, Special Projects Manager at the College of Business & Economics in California State University, Los Angeles. Continue reading “Getting Down to Business with AACSB, with Johns Hopkins University & California State University, Los Angeles”

Extension and Activity Insight with University of Maryland and Utah State University

One of the great things about Activity Insight is that universities can use the system to fulfill a wide range of data tracking and reporting needs. For universities that have extension programs, Activity Insight has proven to be an excellent resource.

Our recent User Group session covered this topic, led by Teresa McCoy, Assistant Director of Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Maryland, and Peter Crosby, Data Analyst at Utah State University. This blog will examine each university’s journey with Activity Insight and how it benefitted their extension program needs. Continue reading “Extension and Activity Insight with University of Maryland and Utah State University”

Utilizing Additional Features in Activity Insight to Gain Faculty Buy-In with University of South Dakota

As we mentioned in our last blog, we’re spending some time highlighting a few of the sessions from our recent User Group—an event where hundreds of Activity Insight users descended on Milwaukee to share insights and learn strategies to take back to their institutions.

In this blog we’re highlighting a session presented by Lindsay Hayes of University of South Dakota: Utilizing Additional Features in Activity Insight to Gain Faculty Buy-In. So if you weren’t able to make this year’s User Group, or you just missed this particular session, read on for a summary of the excellent information Lindsay shared. Continue reading “Utilizing Additional Features in Activity Insight to Gain Faculty Buy-In with University of South Dakota”