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:

Customize Your CV With Activity Insight

We’re pleased to announce that faculty can now customize CVs with Activity Insight, drawing on their data in the system to create CVs for a variety of other purposes, such as grant applications, conference proposals, award nominations and more. Faculty will continue to use university-provided reports for annual reporting, promotion and tenure and other university processes, but now they can use their activity data for a wider range of projects. Continue reading “Customize Your CV With Activity Insight”

5 Ways Universities Can Build and Retain Trust

Universities have historically been trusted institutions and pillars in the communities they call home. But according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, we are in the midst of a global crisis of trust in institutions ranging from governments and media to businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). With a prevailing public sentiment of mistrust, attracting students and funding becomes more difficult. Here are five things universities can do now to build and retain the trust of your many stakeholders, from prospective students and faculty to alumni, donors and legislators. Continue reading “5 Ways Universities Can Build and Retain Trust”

Thanks for Coming to User Group 2017

User Group 2017, our largest ever,  wrapped up on Tuesday, and we can’t believe it’s over! With more than 200 attendees representing 130 universities, this was an unprecedented learning opportunity for everyone, including DMers. Our theme this year was Share Your Story, and share we did—from innovative ways to engage faculty to reports that fuel strategic initiatives and continuous improvement. Continue reading “Thanks for Coming to User Group 2017”

How Your Faculty Activity Database Can Answer Strategic Questions

Strategic thinking makes a big difference in the results you get from a faculty management solution. Universities who get the most out of faculty activity data are those who ask themselves two big-picture questions at the outset, and build their systems to answer them. Consider: Continue reading “How Your Faculty Activity Database Can Answer Strategic Questions”

5 Things You Need to Know About Data Quality

Data quality determines the accuracy of every report and how accurately your faculty’s accomplishments are portrayed in annual review and promotion and tenure reports. Achieving a high level of data quality means you can trust the reports from your faculty management system to inform your decisions about many strategic priorities, including the impact of your faculty on students, your community and the world. In other words, good data drives smart decisions. So here are five things you need to know about data quality to ensure you’re getting the most from your faculty management solution. Continue reading “5 Things You Need to Know About Data Quality”

Zipping Into Our New Digital Measures Headquarters

zipping into our new digital measures headquartersWe celebrated the move to our new Digital Measures headquarters with our families on Saturday, September 9. It’s such a big milestone that DM CEO and Founder Matt Bartel wanted to do something truly exceptional—zip from our old headquarters to our new one, half a block away. And we did, with a zip line on Buffalo Street, food trucks and a chance to share our new space with the people who matter the most, our families. Here’s a look at our celebration. Continue reading “Zipping Into Our New Digital Measures Headquarters”

Why DMers Love User Group

User Group is Digital Measures annual conference for clients who use Activity Insight, but it’s an exciting event for DMers as well. Our clients tell us they appreciate our informative agenda, interesting keynote speakers and the chance to network with DMers and colleagues from other universities. As all DMers attend User Group, they each have particular elements they love best. Here’s a few of their stories. Continue reading “Why DMers Love User Group”

Sharing Our New Headquarters With Doors Open Milwaukee Visitors

Digital Measures is proud to open our new headquarters on E. Buffalo Street to visitors for Doors Open Milwaukee, the annual two-day public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture and history taking place September 23-24. It’s exciting to share our newly completed space in the Third Ward with our fellow Milwaukeeans.

Our offices are part of an addition to Milwaukee’s historic Mercantile Building, built in 1908 by Alfred Uihlein. “The new structure is a modern interpretation of the original building, which blends the two, but also represents the future of the Third Ward,” said Matt Bartel, Digital Measures CEO and founder. “Our employees, called DMers, provided input every step of the way in the thoughtful design of this space. Our new footprint takes into account the various ways people like to work, fostering interaction and creativity in a comfortable, light-filled environment. At the center of our space we’ve also incorporated a two-story custom wall with mugs representing each university campus visited by a DMer, a reminder of our clients who are at the heart of the work we do each day.”

A key goal of our modern workplace includes having everyone on the same floor to create a sense of home for all. You won’t find traditional conference rooms, as the design approach is more of a lounge with residential finishes .There are several collaboration areas and a rare wrap-around terrace for work and break time. The “Union” area is the hub of activity, anchored by our kitchen stocked with food and drink where people naturally bump into one another.

Our new space is one of 170 buildings throughout the city participating in Doors Open, which is put on by Historic Milwaukee. Doors Open sites include commercial properties, sacred spaces, apartment buildings, breweries, art galleries, community gardens and more stretching from downtown to the surrounding suburbs, and the neighborhoods between. In 2016, more than 30,000 visitors participated in the event, a number that’s expected to grow this year.

“The Third Ward has been our home since the beginning,” Bartel said. “We’re happy to participate in an event that showcases the architecture and community stories of Milwaukee’s downtown and raises awareness of the critical role design plays in a vibrant and livable city.”

There’s more information about the event here. We hope you’ll come to see our new headquarters, 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday!

Get Our Roadmap Story at User Group 2017

People who attend User Group tell us that they really value learning from their peers in higher education—and they love being the first to learn about what’s on the horizon at Digital Measures. This year’s attendees have several chances to get our roadmap story and learn about Activity Insight, Workflow and what’s ahead for 2018.

DM Download with Matt Bartel

Every year, Digital Measures CEO and Founder Matt Bartel shares his look at the current state of higher education and his vision for the company . He’ll discuss the opportunities that Digital Measures sees to provide universities with tools that allow you to effectively and accurately share your stories of individual and university accomplishment and impact.

Roadmap Retrospective

It’s been an exciting year of development and new releases at DM. In “Our 2017 Roadmap Story,” Product Management team lead Ella Ozier will share the new features and capabilities we’ve developed since User Group 2016, and how that impacts our colleagues Professor Harry Brown and Activity Insight Administrator Naiobi Richards at the fictional (but very relatable!) Your University. You will also meet a new Workflow Administrator at YourU.

Preview New Features

Choose one of three tracks during our DM Product Hour for a deeper dive into:

  • Reporting: How You Want It with self-service reporting tools
  • Transforming Processes With Workflow
  • Supporting AACSB’s Revised Standards

In each session, we will show you what DM has planned and you’ll have the opportunity to help us chart a course for the capabilities that will have the most impact for your university.

New This Year: Labs@DM

During breaks between sessions, visit Labs@DM and make your voice heard—you’ll have the chance to test drive new Activity Insight and Workflow features and give your feedback! (It’s fun, interactive and brief, so you won’t miss anything on the conference agenda.) Members of the Development team, Success Consultants and Technologists will also be available to talk about using these new capabilities at your institution.

It’s coming up soon, so don’t miss it! See the full agenda and register today for User Group 2017, October 8-10 in Milwaukee.

User Group 2017 Keynote: A Conversation With Arne Duncan, Former US Secretary of Education

If you’re looking for one more great reason to attend User Group 2017, consider our keynote conversation with former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Monday, October 9.  In an exclusive session for User Group attendees, Duncan will share stories of what it was like working with President Obama, his views on education today and his latest endeavors for making a difference in Chicago. Registrants will also have a chance to ask their questions during this fireside chat with Digital Measures CEO and Founder Matt Bartel. Continue reading “User Group 2017 Keynote: A Conversation With Arne Duncan, Former US Secretary of Education”