Category: Case Study

Powering Analytics With Faculty Activity Data with University of Michigan School of Public Health

When the University of Michigan School of Public Health (MPH) implemented faculty activity reporting software to replace its internal faculty salary merit review system, it also took on a far more ambitious project: powering analytics with faculty activity data. The result is visualizations that represent both the quality and quantity of faculty’s teaching, research and service. Sam Russell, Business Analyst with Michigan Public Health, shared the school’s journey from internal system to visualizations of faculty performance at our recent User Group. In the last post, we explored MPH’s rapid Activity Insight implementation. Here, you’ll learn how MPH uses faculty activity data from Activity Insight in Tableau dashboards, showing context, ranking and analytics. Continue reading “Powering Analytics With Faculty Activity Data with University of Michigan School of Public Health”

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”

Demonstrating Faculty Influence on Student Success 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 at the recent American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) conference. Their presentation focused on both digitizing faculty reviews and using faculty activity data to measure faculty’s impacts on a range of strategic priorities, including student success and retention. In this post, we’ll share Radford’s experience using faculty activity data to demonstrate the ways faculty contribute to student success; in part 2, we’ll share Radford’s journey from paper-based faculty annual reporting to fully utilizing the capabilities of faculty activity reporting software. Continue reading “Demonstrating Faculty Influence on Student Success With Radford University”

Day of Me Event Highlights FAR Benefits for Faculty, with Indiana State University

The way Kelly Wilkinson, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business, sees it, the value of faculty activity reporting (FAR) software to faculty is the ability to tell their stories in different ways. And she employed an innovative strategy to encourage faculty to input their data so they can output it for a variety of uses, from biennial reviews and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) reporting to customizing CVs for a variety of purposes. Here, Wilkinson shares an overview of the Day of Me event held in May and highlights FAR benefits for faculty, expected and unexpected, that came out of the event. Continue reading “Day of Me Event Highlights FAR Benefits for Faculty, with Indiana State University”

Faculty Activity Data Supports Strategic Initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Part 2

The data needed to support strategic initiatives and measure a university’s institutional effectiveness come from many places, including faculty. So when the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) set its Top Tier initiative in place, it turned to Digital Measures Activity Insight  software for the faculty activity data needed to support its long-term goals, including boosting its Carnegie classification in research from R2 to R1 and achieving the Carnegie Engagement classification. Tondra De, Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs at UNLV, and David Sarnowski, Digital Measures Engagement Consultant, discussed how faculty activity data supports strategic initiatives at UNLV during the recent AIR Forum in Washington, D.C.

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at UNLV’s history of faculty activity reporting, Top Tier initiative and partnership with Digital Measures. Here, the conversation continues, exploring the value of faculty activity data, gaining faculty buy-in and how UNLV’s faculty data support the university’s strategic decisions. Continue reading “Faculty Activity Data Supports Strategic Initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Part 2”

Faculty Activity Data Supports Strategic Initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Part 1

The data needed to support strategic initiatives and measure a university’s institutional effectiveness come from many places, including faculty. So when the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) set its Top Tier initiative in place, it turned to Digital Measures Activity Insight  software for the faculty activity data needed to support its long-term goals, including boosting its Carnegie classification in research from R2 to R1 and achieving the Carnegie Engagement classification. Tondra De, Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs at UNLV, and David Sarnowski, Digital Measures Engagement Consultant, discussed how faculty activity data supports strategic initiatives at UNLV during the recent AIR Forum in Washington, D.C.

In Part 1 of this series, we’ll look at UNLV’s history of faculty activity reporting, Top Tier initiative and partnership with Digital Measures. Next time, we’ll discuss the value of faculty activity data, gaining faculty buy-in and supporting your institution’s big picture decisions. Continue reading “Faculty Activity Data Supports Strategic Initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Part 1”

User Group 2017: Share Your Story

2016 user group presenterGreat stories empower and inspire us, so they need to be shared! Which is why we’re excited to announce the theme for this year’s Digital Measures User Group 2017: Share Your Story. Whether you’ve done something innovative to achieve your university’s strategic objectives or used Activity Insight to measure the impact of your faculty and university, we want to hear your story—and help you tell it.

User Group 2017 is October 8-10 in Milwaukee. You can register here. Continue reading “User Group 2017: Share Your Story”

Planning, Accountability Keys to FAR Success for University of Northern Colorado

When the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) purchased Activity Insight, its steering committee didn’t have a clear vision on how best to use it. Staff changes on the committee postponed those decisions until Mark Smith, Associate Dean, and Mike Hofmann, Software Applications Trainer and Activity Insight administrator, became the project owners in 2016 with an ambitious mandate: a plan to use Activity Insight for the university’s entire evaluation process within four years. Here, Smith shares UNC’s path to success, which included a project plan, weekly calls with Stacy Becker, Senior Engagement Consultant, and a pivotal visit to User Group. Continue reading “Planning, Accountability Keys to FAR Success for University of Northern Colorado”

Purdue Streamlines NIFA Reporting with Smart Activity Insight Customizations

Complex faculty activity reporting (FAR) challenges require smart customizations to your FAR solution. Customization is part of the Activity Insight promise, and the Digital Measures Development team consistently exceeds expectations on the customizations they create. In fact, the team has a remarkable satisfaction rating averaging just over 4.8 out of 5 so far in 2017. We reached out to Purdue University’s Alee Gunderson, Associate Data Analyst at the Purdue College of Agriculture & Purdue Polytechnic to hear about her experience collaborating with Digital Measures to meet Purdue’s unique reporting objectives. Continue reading “Purdue Streamlines NIFA Reporting with Smart Activity Insight Customizations”

Implementing On-demand Reporting in Support of Continuous Improvement with FSU

What’s the best way to transform your institution? It all begins with good data—just ask Jon Young, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Fayetteville State University (FSU). The University’s focus on continuous improvement increased degree productivity from 15 percent in 2008 to 21 percent in 2015. The American Council on Education (ACE) recognized this achievement with its 2016 Award for Institutional Transformation for schools with more than 5,000 students. FSU’s early efforts relied on imperfect data sets and laborious hand tabulation, but implementing on-demand reporting from Activity Insight has transformed FSU’s efforts. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading “Implementing On-demand Reporting in Support of Continuous Improvement with FSU”