Category: Celebrations

Veterans Hold Place of Honor in Higher Education

When President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 into law, he forged a new relationship between higher education and veterans that transformed higher ed as well as the U.S. economy. The GI Bill, as the law is commonly known, was written to prevent the 16 million veterans of World War II from experiencing the problems faced by returning soldiers of previous wars: low benefits, and difficulty finding jobs in an economy suddenly flooded with jobseekers.

“Historians say the GI Bill fueled a major expansion of the nation’s higher education system and made college a cornerstone of middle-class American life,” said Stephen Smith, reporting for Marketplace.

According to Eliza Berman, writing for Time, the GI Bill “had an unprecedented impact on veterans and the higher education system alike.” In fact, Berman reports, LIFE published a 1947 cover story about student veterans, who suddenly made up more than 50 percent of the college population.

Eventually expanded to include all who have served in the military, the GI Bill has educated millions, and is credited with laying the foundation for today’s middle class—and producing some of the great innovations of the 20th century. “The scientists and engineers and teachers and thinkers who brought in the information age, who took us to the moon, who waged the Cold War, you name it—all those men and women were educated through the GI Bill,” said historian Ed Humes.

It also fueled service to higher education by veterans. In fact, veterans currently lead ten universities:

  • Christopher Howard, Robert Morris University
  • Elizabeth L. Hillman, Mills College
  • Robert E. Clark, Wesley College
  • Ann Rondeau, College of DuPage
  • Steven H. Tallant, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • William R. Harvey, Hampton University
  • Thomas J. Haas, Grand Valley State University
  • Elroy Ortiz Oakley, Long Beach Community College District
  • Herman J. Fenton, Wilberforce University
  • David E. Garland, Baylor University

Between 2000 and 2012, more than 900,000 veterans and military service members received education benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, carrying forward the important relationship forged between veterans and higher education in 1944.

On Memorial Day we salute those who have served our nation. We also recognize the role higher education has played in advancing the lives of those who gave so much and our pride in working in this industry.

Digital Measures Turns 18!

new office may 3
Our new office, as of May 3.

Reaching the official age of adulthood is a big milestone, and on Digital Measures 18th birthday, we have a lot to celebrate—from experience and expertise we gained through serving hundreds of universities to growing from a one-person entrepreneurial effort to a company with 60+ DMers. We’re also fortunate to have a bright future, from rolling out new features to moving into our new, larger headquarters later this summer. Here are some of the highlights we’re celebrating today. Continue reading “Digital Measures Turns 18!”

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”

Growing and Innovating: 2016 at Digital Measures

At Digital Measures, 2016 gave us a lot to celebrate—here are the highlights!

Digital Measures 2016 Highlights

Growing to Fuel Innovation

Digital Measures turned 17 in 2016. We grew our team by more than 40 percent, onboarding staff in every area of the business and priming Digital Measures to accomplish more than ever. We finish 2016 with more than 60 DMers focused on developing innovative features and solutions to ensure our university clients get the most out of their Activity Insight implementation. Continue reading “Growing and Innovating: 2016 at Digital Measures”

A Thank You To Faculty

As nearly two million students prepare to celebrate as graduates of the Class of 2016, we pause to recognize the faculty members that guided them to this life-changing achievement. A few of our DMers took some time to say “thank you” to faculty who had an impact on their lives. Listen to how these memorable individuals at our alma maters motivated us to pursue a passion, inspired us to think differently, united academics with the community and taught us the importance of connecting with others.
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Happy 17th Birthday, Digital Measures!

Can you believe it’s been 17 years? Neither can we! From day one of Digital Measures in 1999 to the release of Activity Insight in 2001 and development of notable features (web services, users and more) in 2008 to the launch of User Group in 2013, we’ve evolved. We’ve moved five times, brought nearly 60 more DMers onto the team, contributed thousands of volunteer hours to the community, deployed hundreds of releases of Activity Insight and partnered with more than 200 universities campus-wide! And we have no plan of slowing down.  Continue reading “Happy 17th Birthday, Digital Measures!”