Category: Goal Setting

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”

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”

DMer Sabbatical: Engineer Writes New Quality Assurance Testing Framework

Penny Curich, Quality Assurance EngineerSabbaticals are common practice in the academic world, but just 5 percent of companies provide paid sabbaticals, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2015 Employee Benefits Survey. At Digital Measures, we’re among the fortunate few, with a paid month-long sabbatical for every seven years of service. When Penny Curich, Quality Assurance Engineer, passed her seventh anniversary as a DMer, she set out to design a project for her sabbatical.

After considering several topics of interest to her, Curich developed a plan and took her sabbatical in April. During her month away, Curich authored software designed to make quality assurance testing more efficient. She recently shared her insights on planning and managing a sabbatical. Continue reading “DMer Sabbatical: Engineer Writes New Quality Assurance Testing Framework”

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”

What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 2

Data and reporting capabilities are essential for higher education as universities grapple with the challenges of changing public expectations, increasing accountability to multiple stakeholders, uncertainty surrounding funding and ensuring that the education students receive prepares them to be future thinkers, workers and citizens. 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? Continue reading “What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 2”

What Data Can and Can’t Do for Your University, Part 1

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? Continue reading “What Data Can and Can’t Do for Your University, Part 1”

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”

Client Success Defines Digital Measures Service Model

The right faculty activity reporting solution can transform the way universities collect information and report on faculty achievements. But as with any enterprise software, implementation and ongoing support are the pivotal elements that make the difference. While working for nearly two decades with universities large and small, we have identified the phases of implementation universities experience, and the best ways to support you at each phase of the journey. It’s the foundation of our proven service model for Activity Insight and the Digital Measures difference. Continue reading “Client Success Defines Digital Measures Service Model”

Do More With Your Faculty Activity Data

You’re already using reporting from Activity Insight for faculty annual reporting, and perhaps for promotion and tenure reviews as well. But you can do much more with the information you already have. Consider using your data to populate faculty web profiles, report on faculty qualifications to accrediting bodies and measure faculty-related progress toward your university’s strategic goals.

Faculty Web Profiles

Your university and faculty get a big win from always-current faculty web profiles populated by data from Activity Insight—with no additional work by faculty, marketing or any other administrative staff who might otherwise manually produce and update faculty information on your university website. The pages about people on your website typically receive the most traffic. Use current faculty accomplishments to attract the right students, other faculty members  research projects and partners and more with faculty web profiles that automatically update as often as you choose. Continue reading “Do More With Your Faculty Activity Data”

Creating Goals to Accelerate the Usage of Your Faculty Activity Reporting Solution

Before you roll out your faculty activity reporting solution, you should spend some time thinking about your goals. Every good system requires a good plan behind it. And now’s the time to think beyond the standard “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” and to think deeper than “I want all faculty using the system for annual reviews.” Here are some tips on what to do to guarantee that you create measurable objectives that align with the overall goals for your faculty activity reporting solution. Continue reading “Creating Goals to Accelerate the Usage of Your Faculty Activity Reporting Solution”