For an open, honest, multi-directional exchange of ideas, nothing beats a group of people with a vital shared interest. Digital Measures was founded by entrepreneur and then-student Matt Bartel, who saw a need—capturing information digitally from the start, rather than gathering information on paper—and set about creating a solution to streamline that process. Matt’s initial inspiration and his approach of engaging higher education professionals in conversation continue to define DM’s approach to creating solutions. We engage faculty, department chairs, deans and provosts in conversation several ways, including our Client Insight Boards (CIBs). Here’s a Q&A with Kate Kaczmarczik, Product Marketing Manager and Insight Board coordinator, about how our Insight Boards inspire products and inform new features and functionality. Continue reading “Client Insight Boards Offer Information & Inspiration”
Choosing a faculty activity reporting solution is a big decision. And it’s common that universities underestimate the resources that go into implementing, maintaining and maximizing the potential of their system. That’s why a project team should be involved from the very beginning. A project team will increase your university’s success with adoption, help faculty realize the value of the system and ensure that no one is overwhelmed with the responsibility of launching the solution. Here are a few things to think about to ensure you build a successful project team. Continue reading “3 Best Practices for Creating a Successful Project Team”
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to faculty credentialing, especially for universities in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which revised its standards effective January 1, 2018. That’s why Digital Measures has released a newly updated SACSCOC Faculty Roster as well as two new supplemental reports to support your accreditation needs: Continue reading “New Credentialing Reports for Activity Insight Support SACSCOC Accreditation”
When a new president, provost and several deans took office, Abilene Christian University (ACU) seized the moment of change to evaluate systems and identify opportunities for improvement. Susan Lewis, vice provost, recently spoke with us about the university’s shift toward data-informed decision making, and how updating ACU’s faculty annual review process benefitted faculty, department chairs, deans and the provost’s office. Continue reading “A Provost Office Perspective on Faculty Annual Reviews with Susan Lewis of Abilene Christian University”
Jennifer Edmonds, Associate Dean of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University, successfully rolled out Activity Insight to her faculty in late October. Edmonds credits the rollout’s success to a focus on reporting faculty wanted, which drove user adoption. It’s a strategy she learned from other DM clients at User Group 2017. Continue reading “Faculty Needs Drive Implementation Success at Wilkes University”
Digital Measures CEO and founder Matt Bartel was recently recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40” business and community leaders making a difference in southeastern Wisconsin in 2018. We sat down with him to talk about the honor, and what it means to him and Digital Measures. Continue reading “Reflecting on “40 Under 40” Honor With Matt Bartel”
With the support of the faculty senate and key administrators, Indiana State University has moved to a fully-scaled implementation of Activity Insight including all faculty and accreditation reporting, award applications and strategic plan reporting. Here, Christopher Olsen, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Susan Powers, Associate Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, share the process that allowed ISU to create reporting ranging from faculty vitas to informing strategic decisions with faculty data. Continue reading “Commitment to Faculty Data Supports Vitas, Strategic Decisions at Indiana State University”
We started the Digital Measures blog in early 2016 to share stories that matter to the higher education community. Nearly two years in, it’s clear from our readership stats you share common concerns and interests. So here’s a look at the top themes you’ve been consuming in 2017, plus links to the posts you read the most. Continue reading “Best of the Blog 2017: The Posts You Read the Most”
Giving back matters. That’s why Digital Measures provides all DMers two paid days per year to volunteer and offers multiple community outreach opportunities to get involved. And, DMers always step up contributing more than 1,000 hours to various non-profits.
In 2017, volunteers from DM:
- Shared college experiences with high school students through College Possible
- Staffed a phone bank for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
- Got our hands dirty helping the Victory Garden Initiative, the Hunger Task Force Farm and the Urban Ecology Center
- Collected food donations during a pre-Thanksgiving drive for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
- Gave the gift of blood during a Blood Center of Wisconsin donation drive
- Educated the community and led tours during Doors Open Milwaukee
And those are just the volunteer opportunities organized by DM. DMers also give their time to a range of organizations, from those helping animals to supporting the arts and other causes.
It’s deeply rewarding to give back to a community that’s been Digital Measures home for 18 years. Thanks, Milwaukee!
Recently, DMers helped serve breakfast at The Gathering, an organization dedicated to feeding Milwaukee’s hungry.
Engaging faculty with an activity database starts with great training. At our recent User Group, Tia Palsole, Project Coordinator at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), shared how the university’s highly rated program made faculty training convenient, accessible and useful, encouraging them to use the activity database to its full advantage. Continue reading “5 Best Practices for Faculty Training with University of Texas at San Antonio”