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:

Earning Faculty & Administration Buy-in With Oregon State University, Part 2

Gaining the buy-in of faculty and administration is key to the success of an activity reporting database. Linda Brewer, Senior Faculty Research Assistant and Project Manager, and Lucas Turpin, Information Technology manager, recently shared Oregon State University’s (OSU) success in implementing an activity reporting database at our User Group. In the first post in this two-part series, OSU shared how they set goals for the system, got to “yes” with administration to fund data entry, and how their data entry team worked. Here, learn how OSU overcame resistance, used responsiveness to cultivate faculty buy-in and their lessons learned from the project. Continue reading “Earning Faculty & Administration Buy-in With Oregon State University, Part 2”

Earning Faculty & Administration Buy-in With Oregon State University, Part 1

Gaining the buy-in of faculty and administration is key to the success of an activity reporting database. But it’s not always easy. Linda Brewer, Senior Faculty Research Assistant and Project Manager, and Lucas Turpin, Information Technology manager, recently shared Oregon State University’s (OSU) success in implementing an activity reporting database at our User Group. In the first post in this two-part series, OSU shares how they set goals for the system, got to “yes” with administration to fund data entry, and how their data entry team worked. In part two of the series, learn how OSU overcame resistance, earned faculty buy-in with responsiveness and their lessons learned from the project. Continue reading “Earning Faculty & Administration Buy-in With Oregon State University, Part 1”

6 Key Considerations for Implementing Faculty Web Profiles with Wake Forest University

Faculty’s accomplishments tell the success stories of your university’s mission and impact on students and the community. They also represent a life’s work, so showcasing them on your university’s website offers faculty the widest possible audience to reach potential students and collaborators as well as donors. With some coordination with your university website’s technical team, web profiles can be as up to date as faculty’s data in Activity Insight. In our last post, we discussed the value of web profiles for Wake Forest University’s School of Business and School of Law. Here, we’ll take a look the key considerations for implementing faculty web profiles as experienced at Wake Forest. Continue reading “6 Key Considerations for Implementing Faculty Web Profiles with Wake Forest University”

Faculty Web Profiles with Wake Forest University

Web profiles publicly showcase your faculty’s accomplishments, engagement and impact, allowing your university to:

  • attract prospective students and faculty
  • impress donors
  • inform legislators, accreditors and the public

They’re also a boon to faculty, showcasing their work on a larger stage than all but the most widely followed personal websites. This opens opportunities for collaboration and recognition as an expert in the field.

At many universities, faculty must request manual updates to web profiles, causing delays in showcasing current awards, conference presentations, performances, exhibitions and other successes. Manually updating faculty web profiles also taxes the resources of marketing and IT teams.

With the right customizations and integration with the campus website, a faculty activity reporting solution can automatically update faculty web profiles using the data faculty already enter 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 teaching, research and scholarship, service and other accomplishments. In the first of this two-part series, learn how Wake Forest University’s Schools of Business and Law create and use faculty web profiles and research and expertise directories. Next time, we’ll look at six key considerations Wake Forest’s technical team identified when implementing web profiles. Continue reading “Faculty Web Profiles with Wake Forest University”

Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Arkansas!

Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Arkansas!There’s a new mug on our Digital Measures mug wall! We are pleased to announce that the University of Arkansas (UArk) has joined the rapidly growing number of universities using Activity Insight university-wide to capture and report on faculty activities and achievements. Continue reading “Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Arkansas!”

Powering Analytics With Faculty Activity Data with University of Michigan School of Public Health

When the University of Michigan School of Public Health (MPH) implemented faculty activity reporting software to replace its internal faculty salary merit review system, it also took on a far more ambitious project: powering analytics with faculty activity data. The result is visualizations that represent both the quality and quantity of faculty’s teaching, research and service. Sam Russell, Business Analyst with Michigan Public Health, shared the school’s journey from internal system to visualizations of faculty performance at our recent User Group. In the last post, we explored MPH’s rapid Activity Insight implementation. Here, you’ll learn how MPH uses faculty activity data from Activity Insight in Tableau dashboards, showing context, ranking and analytics. Continue reading “Powering Analytics With Faculty Activity Data with University of Michigan School of Public Health”

Successful, Speedy Activity Insight Implementation with University of Michigan School of Public Health

When the University of Michigan School of Public Health (MPH) implemented faculty activity reporting software to replace its internal faculty salary merit review system, it also took on a far more ambitious project: powering analytics with faculty activity data. The result is visualizations that represent both the quality and quantity of faculty’s teaching, research and service. Sam Russell, Business Analyst with Michigan Public Health, shared the school’s journey from internal system to visualizations of faculty performance at our recent User Group. In this post, we’ll explore MPH’s rapid Activity Insight implementation. Next time, we’ll look at how they’re using faculty activity data from Activity Insight in Tableau dashboards, showing context, ranking and analytics. Continue reading “Successful, Speedy Activity Insight Implementation with University of Michigan School of Public Health”

Creating a Successful Project Team

Choosing a faculty activity reporting solution is a big decision. And it’s common to underestimate the resources that go into implementing, maintaining and maximizing the potential of a 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 “Creating a Successful Project Team”

Workflow Users Share Stories of Early Success

Louisiana State University (LSU), the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the University of Northern Colorado (UNCO) are among the universities who began using Workflow for Activity Insight when it became available in July. LSU’s rollout began with sabbatical requests. UTA is rolling out Workflow to its School of Business, which already uses Activity Insight, ahead of a campus-wide rollout of Activity Insight and Workflow. UNCO, which had used Activity Insight on campus for several years, dove straight into tenure and promotion. Each shared stories of early Workflow success in a panel discussion at our recent User Group.

Here are excerpts of the conversation between Joslyn Krismer, Director of Academic Operations at UTA; Nikki McNamara, Assistant Director of Human Resources Information Systems at LSU, and Mark Smith, Associate Dean, College of Natural & Health Sciences at UNCO, moderated by Kate Kaczmarczik, Digital Measures Product Marketing Manager. Continue reading “Workflow Users Share Stories of Early Success”

Collaboration with AACSB Informs Updated Report Suite

Suzanne Mintz, Senior Director of Accreditation at the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) shared “All Things AACSB” at our recent User Group. Her presentation outlined the organization’s relaunched brand as well as the new guidance released in June to help schools of business better tell their stories by more fully detailing their mission, impact and future plans. Digital Measures recent collaboration with AACSB to revise the Activity Insight reporting suite for AACSB ensures it meets the new guidance, which goes into effect January 1, 2018. Here’s a look at the accreditor’s changes, and how they’ll influence the new Activity Insight reports we’re releasing in November. Continue reading “Collaboration with AACSB Informs Updated Report Suite”