Category: Best Practices

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. 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”

Earning Faculty & Administration Buy-in With Oregon State University, Part 1

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”

6 Key Considerations for Implementing Faculty Web Profiles with Wake Forest University

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”

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”

Creating a Successful Project Team

Choosing a faculty activity reporting solution is a big decision. And it’s common to underestimate the resources that go into implementing, maintaining and maximizing the potential of a 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 “Creating a Successful Project Team”

5 Best Practices for Preparing to Transition From an Internal Faculty Activity Reporting System

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”

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”

4 Tips and Resources for Faculty Activity Reporting Success

Ah, September! Apples are ripening, students have returned to campus and it’s a great time for faculty and administration to begin the academic year with a renewed commitment to activity reporting best practices. Here are four tips and resources for faculty activity reporting success to help everyone on your team get the most from your faculty management system. Continue reading “4 Tips and Resources for Faculty Activity Reporting Success”

11 Considerations When Choosing a Faculty Activity Reporting Solution

Before choosing a faculty activity reporting solution, you’ll likely spend a substantial amount of time evaluating the system to ensure that it meets your university’s needs. This is the ideal time to think beyond obvious requirements such as annual reporting. Ask yourself: What campus-wide information do we need from the system? What are the needs of each academic unit? Which stakeholders are involved across campus (institutional research, provost’s office, IT, associate deans, department chairs, faculty and more)? Then consider these eleven points: Continue reading “11 Considerations When Choosing a Faculty Activity Reporting Solution”

From Paper-based to Faculty Activity Database With Radford University

Radford University’s road to demonstrating faculty influence on student success had a humble beginning—moving faculty annual reviews off of paper and into digital form. Charley Cosmato, Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Radford, and Andrew Wiech, Digital Measures Senior Engagement Consultant, shared the university’s evolution from simply digitizing faculty reviews to using faculty activity data to measure faculty’s impacts on a range of strategic priorities, including student success and retention at the recent American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) conference. In our last post, we shared Radford’s experience using faculty activity data to demonstrate the ways faculty contribute to student success, but that didn’t happen overnight. Here, we’ll share Radford’s journey from paper-based faculty annual reporting to fully realizing the capabilities of a faculty activity database. Continue reading “From Paper-based to Faculty Activity Database With Radford University”