Implementing faculty activity reporting software can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re considering a campus-wide implementation. Fortunately for many universities, business schools often lead the way on faculty activity reporting, which can smooth the path of a wider rollout. In fact, in 2016, more than one-third of campus-wide Activity Insight implementations began with using it in the business school first.
Building on Success
Business schools often implement Activity Insight to prepare for the rigorous reporting required for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. This reporting demonstrates the value of faculty activity reporting and how it can benefit the whole institution.
The business school team responsible for Activity Insight is well positioned to share lessons learned, so the university-wide implementation team benefits from on-site expertise. That’s helpful on many fronts:
- Knowledge of campus policies and stakeholders
- A solid understanding of topics ranging from data migration and/or entry to building faculty buy-in
- In-house expertise in implementing and using the software
Finally, the business school’s Activity Insight administrator can act as a liaison between the business school, the university-wide team and Digital Measures, fostering the relationships and communication that ensure success.
Additional Benefits for Business Schools
It’s great to be of service to the institution, but there are important benefits for business schools when Activity Insight goes campus-wide. Schools of business are often eager to use Activity Insight capabilities they couldn’t leverage as a single unit.
For example, if the business school has the data needed for AACSB accreditation, it has what it needs for annual reporting as well. However, if the university is using another tool, they may be required to use it instead of Activity Insight until AI rolls out across a campus. This means maintaining data in two systems instead of keeping all information in one database.
In addition, a business school might not be able to marshal the budget and IT resources to put in place faculty web profiles or web services for their unit; the greater scope and benefits to the whole university make it easier to access those resources.
For the University of Iowa implementing Activity Insight in the business school was a path to success when the university chose to transition from single units to a centralized system—read more about their journey here.
Has your university transitioned from using Activity Insight in your business school to campus-wide? We’d like to hear your story! Please share it in comments. And if you’re interested in making the leap, reach out to your Engagement Consultant.