Change can be hard—especially on campus. But careful planning and a process for effectively managing challenges can make things easier for all stakeholders. Using examples of successfully managing change on campus from clients including Indiana State University, Louisiana State University, University of Alabama and others, University Strategy Consultant and Prosci-certified change practitioner, and Meg Lemerond, Client Engagement Team Lead, recently shared: Continue reading “Managing Change on Campus”
When implementing faculty activity reporting, “it’s important to develop a system that works for everybody,” said Danette Ifert Johnson, vice provost for academic programs at Ithaca College. Though the College didn’t set out to standardize its annual reviews, careful listening and collaboration across departments and schools ensured that its new campus-wide annual report meets the needs of all disciplines while also minimizing complexity. Here, Ifert Johnson shares the process Ithaca College used to reach consensus and streamline annual reporting. Continue reading “Standardizing Annual Reporting with Ithaca College”
For an open, honest, multi-directional exchange of ideas, nothing beats a group of people with a vital shared interest. Digital Measures was founded by entrepreneur and then-student Matt Bartel, who saw a need—capturing information digitally from the start, rather than gathering information on paper—and set about creating a solution to streamline that process. Matt’s initial inspiration and his approach of engaging higher education professionals in conversation continue to define DM’s approach to creating solutions. We engage faculty, department chairs, deans and provosts in conversation several ways, including our Client Insight Boards (CIBs). Here’s a Q&A with Kate Kaczmarczik, Product Marketing Manager and Insight Board coordinator, about how our Insight Boards inspire products and inform new features and functionality. Continue reading “Client Insight Boards Offer Information & Inspiration”
Choosing a faculty activity reporting solution is a big decision. And it’s common that universities underestimate the resources that go into implementing, maintaining and maximizing the potential of their 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 “3 Best Practices for Creating a Successful Project Team”
Engaging faculty with an activity database starts with great training. At our recent User Group, Tia Palsole, Project Coordinator at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), shared how the university’s highly rated program made faculty training convenient, accessible and useful, encouraging them to use the activity database to its full advantage. Continue reading “5 Best Practices for Faculty Training with University of Texas at San Antonio”
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”
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”
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”
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”
When your internal faculty activity reporting system no longer meets your university’s needs, it’s a great time to take stock so you can get the maximum benefit from the solution you implement to replace it. Here are five best practices for preparing your transition from an internal faculty activity reporting system. Continue reading “5 Best Practices for Preparing to Transition From an Internal Faculty Activity Reporting System”