Kris Babe

Content Marketing Specialist

Kris is a seasoned writer, editor and content marketer who specializes in connecting an audience with the information it needs. She grooves on technical topics and all things literary. When she's not writing, she's probably reading, knitting or driving the back roads with her husband in their '57 Chevy station wagon.

Recent Posts by Kris Babe:

Happy 19th Birthday, Digital Measures!

Digital Measures turns 19 today! As we blow out the candles on our birthday cake, here’s a look back at some highlights of the last 12 months—what a year it’s been!—and at what we’ve set our sights on as we kick off our 20th year. Continue reading “Happy 19th Birthday, Digital Measures!”

Faculty Qualifications: Two Schools, Two Approaches

There’s a hot topic on campus: faculty qualifications, or what accrediting bodies often call credentialing. Most faculty are qualified to teach based on their academic degrees, but some faculty may be qualified based on work experience, licenses, certifications or other qualifying activities. Given the range of expectations from regional and professional accreditors, should you take a high-level, overview approach, or get into the details of individual courses? Stacy Becker, Digital Measures Client Success Manager, recently hosted a webinar with guest speakers Jan Smith, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Pittsburg State University, and Elizabeth Heise, Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Their institutions took different approaches to faculty qualifications; Smith and Heise shared their perspectives on making the right choice for their institutions. Continue reading “Faculty Qualifications: Two Schools, Two Approaches”

DMers Volunteer: Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Immersion Day

On a recent Immersion Day at Milwaukee Repertory Theater more than 700 middle school and high school students came together to learn about theater through demonstrations and discussions, followed by a matinee performance of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. Digital Measures volunteers were there to lend a hand. The Rep hosts more than 20,000 students per year, partnering with more than 250 schools for its Reading Residency program. The Rep hosts numerous Immersion Days throughout the year, which serve the culmination of the Reading Residency for students. Here’s a look at our day—thanks for the opportunity for DMers to share the love of theater with Milwaukee-area students!  Continue reading “DMers Volunteer: Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Immersion Day”

Digital Measures Named One Of Milwaukee’s Coolest Offices 2018

When we began to outgrow our former office, which won a “Coolest Office” designation from Milwaukee Business Journal in 2015, Digital Measures made a commitment to creating an even better space for working and collaborating. We moved into our new office in September 2017, and have been enjoying the open, sunlit spaces ever since. And today, we’re proud to announce that we lived up to our commitment to a great workspace—Milwaukee Business Journal has named our new office one of Milwaukee’s Coolest Offices 2018! Continue reading “Digital Measures Named One Of Milwaukee’s Coolest Offices 2018”

Faculty Qualifications and Tested Experience with University of Northern Colorado

Defining, documenting and reporting faculty qualifications and tested experience for accreditation is a high-stakes undertaking for universities. Mark Smith, Associate Dean at University of Northern Colorado (UNCO) shared his institution’s experience with capturing and reporting faculty qualifications for Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation at HLC’s annual conference. Stacy Becker, Digital Measures Client Success Manager, co-presented, bringing the perspective of the institutions who helped shape faculty qualifications and tested experience reporting for Activity Insight. Here are the highlights from their presentation. Continue reading “Faculty Qualifications and Tested Experience with University of Northern Colorado”

Managing Change on Campus

Change can be hard—especially on campus. But careful planning and a process for effectively managing challenges can make things easier for all stakeholders. Using examples of successfully managing change on campus from clients including Indiana State University, Louisiana State University, University of Alabama and others, University Strategy Consultant and Prosci-certified change practitioner, and Meg Lemerond, Client Engagement Team Lead, recently shared: Continue reading “Managing Change on Campus”

DMers Make Wine, Shoot Hoops for Q1 Fun

There’s nothing like getting out of our usual routine, right? DMers take it off-site once every quarter to do something surprising together. This time, we made—and tasted—wine, with the help of the team at The Purple Foot. And as always, we also got our March Madness on. Here are the highlights. Continue reading “DMers Make Wine, Shoot Hoops for Q1 Fun”

The Power of Faculty Stories – video

Faculty stories are powerful. After all, your teaching, research and service represent a lifetime of achievement. Capture your accomplishments and share your story—within the university and with the world. Continue reading “The Power of Faculty Stories – video”

Standardizing Annual Reporting with Ithaca College

When implementing faculty activity reporting, “it’s important to develop a system that works for everybody,” said Danette Ifert Johnson, vice provost for academic programs at Ithaca College. Though the College didn’t set out to standardize its annual reviews, careful listening and collaboration across departments and schools ensured that its new campus-wide annual report meets the needs of all disciplines while also minimizing complexity. Here, Ifert Johnson shares the process Ithaca College used to reach consensus and streamline annual reporting. Continue reading “Standardizing Annual Reporting with Ithaca College”

Advancing Your Institution’s Goals With Stories of Strategic Success

Can you find and share the stories that matter when you need them most? Your institution has strategic goals, and you need to influence a wide range of stakeholders, such as legislators, donors, alumni and prospective students and faculty to achieve those outcomes.

In a recent webinar, David Sarnowski, Engagement Consultant, and Steve DeLonge, Chief Client Success Officer, discussed how to use your strategic plan to frame stories of success and guide your approach to collecting the data and details necessary to make those stories relevant and impactful for key audiences. They shared examples from institutions effectively speaking to student success, community engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration using faculty activity data. Continue reading “Advancing Your Institution’s Goals With Stories of Strategic Success”