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.

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Be the First: User Group 2018 Visits the New Fiserv Forum!

User Group 2018 Visits the New Fiserv ForumEach year User Group boasts its tried and true elements: invaluable client presentations, a welcome reception in our Milwaukee office, and, of course, the connections made with your peers. And this year, we bring you another true first—our Monday evening event at Milwaukee’s brand new Fiserv Forum! User Group 2018 attendees will be the first to experience a corporate event at Wisconsin’s state-of-the-art, 714,000-square-foot arena and entertainment hub, home of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Fun at the Fiserv Forum

User Group 2018 Visits the New Fiserv ForumDon’t miss a  behind-the-scenes tour of this recently opened arena and of course memorable food, drinks and music with fellow attendees! The venue, located just blocks from our office in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, links the historic Old World Third Street and the riverfront. Its design pays homage to Milwaukee’s architectural heritage and the region’s environment. The building’s most striking feature, its arched roof, overlaps the glass façade and stretches down to street level on one side.

Also New: Peer2Peer Roundtables

And that’s not the only first for User Group 2018. Our last session of the day on Monday is our new Peer2Peer Roundtables featuring a number of relevant and interesting topics. Enjoy refreshments and bounce ideas off your colleagues at tables moderated by experts. Bring your thoughts, challenges, templates—whether they represent a burning question or a solution you’ve found and want to share.

We’ve just scratched the surface! Don’t miss keynotes from former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, plus dozens of presentations by your peers. Our remaining spaces are filling up fast! Check out the full agenda for User Group and register today.

Using Campus Data to Support Student Success and Steer the Institution: Inside Higher Ed Data Conference

There’s been a big shift on campus, according to panelists and attendees at the recent Inside Higher Ed conference, “Untapped Data: Enhancing Teaching and Learning.” Higher education is moving away from using campus data solely for compliance reporting and toward using data to manage the institution, support student outcomes, and enhance teaching and learning. Here are five key takeaways from the day’s conversations: Continue reading “Using Campus Data to Support Student Success and Steer the Institution: Inside Higher Ed Data Conference”

6 Proven Strategies for Implementing Faculty-Focused Software – video

Thinking about a new faculty-focused software solution, but feel overwhelmed at the prospect of an implementation? Learn what’s worked for your peers from Digital Measures Professional Services Team Lead Megan Sullivan. Using examples from universities like yours, Megan will walk you through six key strategies for making your next implementation project a success: Continue reading “6 Proven Strategies for Implementing Faculty-Focused Software – video”

Giving Back: The Hunger Task Force Farm

Bethany Neubauer, Project Consultant, and Scott Oakes, University Strategy Consultant, wash freshly picked lettuce.

Giving back to our community is a core value for the Digital Measures by Watermark team, so DMers recently spent an afternoon at The Farm, The Hunger Task Force’s 200-acre farm in Franklin, Wis. There, a small staff supplemented by local volunteers tend crops to grow the fresh produce that Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force distributes to its local network of food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

“At Hunger Task Force, we utilize over 16,000 volunteers a year,” said Sarah Anderson, Farm Community Development Officer. “Volunteers are what makes our farm run. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to operate.” In the past five years, The Farm has provided more than three million pounds of fresh produce to Milwaukeeans in need.

Stacy Becker, Client Success Manager, Julie Krueger, Office Administrator, Jimmy Pautz, Developer II, and Adam Mitchell, Developer I, pack lettuce for distribution to the Hunger Task Force network of food banks.

 

Digital Measures Joins the Watermark Family

It is with great pleasure that we announce to you that Digital Measures has joined the Watermark family. Coming together represents the combination of two entrepreneurial companies with strong cultures that stand for innovation and achievement. Continue reading “Digital Measures Joins the Watermark Family”

Achieving Your Implementation Goals With Washington State University

Washington State University (WSU) implemented Activity Insight system-wide with a primary goal: supporting faculty annual reviews for all faculty. Thanks to a strong project team and plan, WSU built integrations to populate data from its campus HR system, a campus-built faculty activity reporting system, student information system and Office of Research systems; customized its database to meet the reporting needs of all units; and now uses Activity Insight to support faculty annual reviews. Here, we’ll share the best practices WSU used in their successful implementation. Continue reading “Achieving Your Implementation Goals With Washington State University”

Optimizing Data Quality for Actionable Insights with Texas Tech University

The actionable insights that power data-driven decisions come from quality data. Craig Morton, Associate Director of the Office of Planning and Assessment at Texas Tech University (TTU) and Laurisa Perlberg, Digital Measures Client Success Manager, shared TTU’s journey to improve data quality to bolster reporting for faculty credentialing and other needs at the recent Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum. Here are the highlights. Continue reading “Optimizing Data Quality for Actionable Insights with Texas Tech University”

Digital Measures & GDPR: Privacy and Security Ensured

You trust Digital Measures with your faculty data, and securing it has always been one of our top priorities. There’s been a lot of publicity surrounding the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect May 25, 2018. Kyle Anderson, our Infrastructure Engineering Lead, recently trained all DMers on GDPR compliance and security. Then he sat down for a Q&A to answer common data security questions we receive from users like you. Continue reading “Digital Measures & GDPR: Privacy and Security Ensured”

User Group 2018: Routes to Success

Getting from point A to point B isn’t the same for everyone. In fact, the journey is just as important as the destination! Each day, we see examples of our clients using Activity Insight in different ways to reach their objectives. These stories inspired our 2018 User Group theme, Routes to Success. Continue reading “User Group 2018: Routes to Success”