Category: Accreditation

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, Watermark Client Success Manager, co-presented, bringing the perspective of the institutions who helped shape faculty qualifications and tested experience reporting for Digital Measures by Watermark. Here are the highlights from their presentation. Continue reading “Faculty Qualifications and Tested Experience with University of Northern Colorado”

New Credentialing Reports for Activity Insight Support SACSCOC Accreditation

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to faculty credentialing, especially for universities in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which revised its standards effective January 1, 2018. That’s why Digital Measures has released a newly updated SACSCOC Faculty Roster as well as two new supplemental reports to support your accreditation needs: Continue reading “New Credentialing Reports for Activity Insight Support SACSCOC Accreditation”

Creating Reports to Streamline SACSCOC Accreditation with Augusta University

Augusta University has streamlined its accreditation reporting for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) by customizing its faculty activity reporting solution to serve as the source of record for faculty credentialing data. At the recent SACSCOC conference, Ray Whiting, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness for Assessment and Special Education Initiatives at Augusta, and Laurisa Perlberg, Watermark Client Success Manager, discussed how they collaborated to leverage data already captured in their faculty activity reporting system—and turned this information into actionable reports. Continue reading “Creating Reports to Streamline SACSCOC Accreditation with Augusta University”

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”

Faculty Activity Reporting Software Eases Accreditation

Accrediting bodies develop criteria for evaluating universities and programs, and conduct peer reviews to assess whether or not those criteria are met. According to the Department of Education, the goal of accreditation is to ensure that institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality in what they are delivering to students. Federal financial aid and employer tuition reimbursement are tied to accreditation, so it’s vital for recruiting and retaining students and faculty. But preparing the reports required by accreditors is a painful process, especially if you’re working from paper or spreadsheets. It doesn’t have to be—the right faculty activity reporting software eases accreditation. Here’s how. Continue reading “Faculty Activity Reporting Software Eases Accreditation”

Streamlining HLC Reporting with Pittsburg State University

For Pittsburg State University in Kansas, success in streamlining HLC reporting began with implementing a faculty activity reporting solution campus-wide. Jan Smith, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Pitt State, and Stacy Becker, Watermark Client Success Manager, presented Pitt State’s success story at the recent Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conference in Chicago. In a previous post, they discussed implementing FAR. Here, Smith and Becker discuss collaborating to create HLC reporting for Pitt State which evolved into HLC reports available to all universities using Digital Measures by Watermark in the HLC region. Continue reading “Streamlining HLC Reporting with Pittsburg State University”

Client Customizations Inspire AACSB Reporting Innovations

Complex faculty activity reporting (FAR) challenges require smart customizations to your FAR solution. Customization is part of the Activity Insight promise because it’s critical to achieving success for your university’s particular data collection and reporting requirements. It’s also an opportunity for Digital Measures to identify common needs and create best of breed reporting to meet them. That’s how we developed our suite of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation reports for Activity Insight, including the newest addition, the AACSB Required Fields Audit Report. Continue reading “Client Customizations Inspire AACSB Reporting Innovations”

Do More With Your Faculty Activity Data

You’re already using reporting from Activity Insight for faculty annual reporting, and perhaps for promotion and tenure reviews as well. But you can do much more with the information you already have. Consider using your data to populate faculty web profiles, report on faculty qualifications to accrediting bodies and measure faculty-related progress toward your university’s strategic goals.

Faculty Web Profiles

Your university and faculty get a big win from always-current faculty web profiles populated by data from Activity Insight—with no additional work by faculty, marketing or any other administrative staff who might otherwise manually produce and update faculty information on your university website. The pages about people on your website typically receive the most traffic. Use current faculty accomplishments to attract the right students, other faculty members  research projects and partners and more with faculty web profiles that automatically update as often as you choose. Continue reading “Do More With Your Faculty Activity Data”

3 New Activity Insight Reports Ease HLC Accreditation

Your faculty activity reporting solution should capture the data you need for all faculty-related reporting needs, and one of your most critical reporting opportunities is accreditation. Accrediting bodies place great emphasis on faculty qualifications, scholarship, research and professional development. Thanks to the input of several clients, Activity Insight now offers three new reports specifically designed to ease the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation process (more on the reports below). Continue reading “3 New Activity Insight Reports Ease HLC Accreditation”

Streamlining SACS Accreditation with Abilene Christian University

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ (SACS) rigorous accreditation and five-year reaffirmation reporting requirements are time and labor intensive for most universities. But Abilene Christian University (ACU) streamlined its SACS accreditation with Activity Insight’s faculty activity reporting capabilities. At the recent SACSCOC annual conference, ACU Vice Provost Susan Lewis and Digital Measures Solution Specialist Andrew Wiech shared the university’s experience. Continue reading “Streamlining SACS Accreditation with Abilene Christian University”