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The Value of Faculty Activity Reporting to Faculty

Faculty data is mission critical for universities working to achieve strategic goals, maintain accreditation and share their stories of impact on students, the community and the world. But what’s the value of faculty activity reporting to faculty themselves? Daily tasks add up to a lifetime of accomplishment, and capturing and recording those accomplishments has value to the individual and the institution. In fact, a complete and accurate record can reveal the ways in which faculty have fulfilled the goals that inspired them to a vocation in higher education, and reinvigorate the pursuit of goals not yet attained. Here’s how faculty can use their own data to engage more deeply with their life’s work: Continue reading “The Value of Faculty Activity Reporting to Faculty”

Former U.S. Secretary of Education to Present Keynote at User Group 2017

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.

Happy Independence Day from Digital Measures

“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.”

—Benjamin Franklin

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!

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.