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”
We’re excited to announce the keynote speaker for User Group 2017, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Duncan served under President Barack Obama from 2009 through 2015, making major strides in our country’s system. Duncan’s tenure as secretary was marked by a number of significant accomplishments on behalf of American students and teachers, including funding for 325,000 teaching jobs, boosting the number of young Americans attending college and receiving postsecondary degrees and reforming student loans, among many others. Prior to being appointed the Secretary of Education he was the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools.
A native of Chicago, Duncan is currently managing partner at Emerson Collective, working with entrepreneurs to provide jobs and training in underprivileged neighborhoods as a way to attack the city’s crime epidemic. He is also a distinguished senior fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
In an exclusive presentation for User Group attendees on Monday, October 9, Duncan will provide his outlook on education today. How do you inspire change and measure its impact? Learn how to evaluate changes your university implements so your campus can write its own stories of success.
We hope you’ll join us for User Group 2017—click here to register.
We recently released the new Workflow Module for managing university processes within Activity Insight. For the past year, we collaborated with more than 25 partner clients to expand our previous capabilities to make the Workflow Module even more powerful.
Activity Insight simplifies collecting information from faculty and building reports. Our Workflow Module brings the same efficiency to annual faculty reviews, promotion and tenure, sabbatical requests and more.
With easy-to-use tools, you can now make your university’s processes paperless and predictable. Materials get into the right hands—and only the right hands—at the right time, automated reminders ensure tasks are completed on schedule, and status updates empower faculty and administrators to track progress, all in one secure system. And it’s seamlessly integrated within Activity Insight so you can fully leverage your faculty’s accomplishments in the processes you digitize. You’ll never have to ask faculty to input the same information twice.
Collaboration with clients drives everything we do at Digital Measures. Thank you to our partner universities: your enthusiasm and feedback during our product development process made the evolution of our new Workflow Module possible.
Workflow makes Activity Insight a truly one-stop shop for gathering, reporting and evaluating faculty qualifications, accomplishments and impact. We use this blog to share clients’ success, so watch in the weeks ahead for stories of improving key university processes with Workflow.
Volunteers from Digital Measures recently spent an afternoon weeding and staking tomato plants, moving the pipes used to water fields, and hoeing the broccoli patch at The Farm, The Hunger Task Force’s 200-acre farm in Franklin, Wis. There, a small staff supplemented by local volunteers tend crops to grow the fresh produce that Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force distributes to its local network of food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Continue reading “DMers Tend Crops to Feed the Hungry in Milwaukee”
“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”
-attributed to Thomas Jefferson
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Our nation’s Founding Fathers understood the importance of education, so on Independence Day, we salute our partners in higher education: Thank you for your dedication to informing and inspiring each new generation of students and citizens.
From the Digital Measures team, wishing everyone a safe and happy July 4th!
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”
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”
Once a quarter, the whole Digital Measures team comes together for an offsite event to get us out of our routines and into something surprising and fun. DMers have gone curling, cooked tapas, played maker’s golf and more. This time, we found ourselves at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. After a quick tour of the Rep’s three performance spaces and extensive backstage workshops, we spent the afternoon improvising together. We had a blast, and came away with some fresh ways to creatively collaborate. Continue reading “DMers Learn Improv Techniques for Creativity, Collaboration”
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”
Rollout of the new Run Reports menu for Activity Insight begins June 19. This faster, more intuitive interface received great feedback during user testing, and we’re excited to share it with you.
Benefits of the New Run Reports Menu
- Faster: The Run Reports menu joins the faculty-facing interfaces that have been upgraded to return information without screen refreshes. As a result, the Run Reports menu has the “app experience” of near-instant updates.
- Easier navigation: Rather than a drop-down list, available reports now display in a table. This simplifies the screen for faculty, who typically have between two and four available reports. Rather than navigate a list, simply click on the report name to begin. And in response to user feedback, the Create a New Report button is now at the top right corner of the screen for better visibility.
- WCAG 2.0 compliant: The Run Reports menu complies with current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, the standard for ensuring that software is accessible to people with disabilities.
If you have any questions about this new menu, visit the Resource Center or contact us—we’re happy to help!