Category: Higher Education

User Group 2017 Keynote: A Conversation With Arne Duncan, Former US Secretary of Education

If you’re looking for one more great reason to attend User Group 2017, consider our keynote conversation with former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Monday, October 9.  In an exclusive session for User Group attendees, Duncan will share stories of what it was like working with President Obama, his views on education today and his latest endeavors for making a difference in Chicago. Registrants will also have a chance to ask their questions during this fireside chat with Digital Measures CEO and Founder Matt Bartel. Continue reading “User Group 2017 Keynote: A Conversation With Arne Duncan, Former US Secretary of Education”

The Value of Faculty Activity Reporting to Faculty

Faculty data is mission critical for universities working to achieve strategic goals, maintain accreditation and share their stories of impact on students, the community and the world. But what’s the value of faculty activity reporting to faculty themselves? Daily tasks add up to a lifetime of accomplishment, and capturing and recording those accomplishments has value to the individual and the institution. In fact, a complete and accurate record can reveal the ways in which faculty have fulfilled the goals that inspired them to a vocation in higher education, and reinvigorate the pursuit of goals not yet attained. Here’s how faculty can use their own data to engage more deeply with their life’s work: Continue reading “The Value of Faculty Activity Reporting to Faculty”

Happy Independence Day from Digital Measures

“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”

-attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

—Benjamin Franklin

Our nation’s Founding Fathers understood the importance of education, so on Independence Day, we salute our partners in higher education: Thank you for your dedication to informing and inspiring each new generation of students and citizens.

From the Digital Measures team, wishing everyone a safe and happy July 4th!

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, Digital Measures Senior Engagement Consultant and 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 Activity Insight in the HLC region. Continue reading “Streamlining HLC Reporting with Pittsburg State University”

Change Management Ensures FAR Success with Pittsburg State University

For Pittsburg State University (Pitt State) in Kansas, change management ensured buy-in and faculty activity reporting (FAR) success when the university rolled out a solution used by its Kelce College of Business to the rest of the campus. Jan Smith, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Pitt State, and Stacy Becker, Digital Measures Senior Engagement Consultant and Client Success Manager, presented Pitt State’s story at the recent Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conference in Chicago. The university’s success with managing faculty activity reporting also included streamlining the university’s HLC reporting. Here, Smith and Becker share Pitt State’s FAR journey; in our next post, they’ll discuss the collaboration to create HLC reports – a project which evolved to make a suite of reports available to all universities using Activity Insight in the HLC region. Continue reading “Change Management Ensures FAR Success with Pittsburg 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”

Veterans Hold Place of Honor in Higher Education

When President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 into law, he forged a new relationship between higher education and veterans that transformed higher ed as well as the U.S. economy. The GI Bill, as the law is commonly known, was written to prevent the 16 million veterans of World War II from experiencing the problems faced by returning soldiers of previous wars: low benefits, and difficulty finding jobs in an economy suddenly flooded with jobseekers.

“Historians say the GI Bill fueled a major expansion of the nation’s higher education system and made college a cornerstone of middle-class American life,” said Stephen Smith, reporting for Marketplace.

According to Eliza Berman, writing for Time, the GI Bill “had an unprecedented impact on veterans and the higher education system alike.” In fact, Berman reports, LIFE published a 1947 cover story about student veterans, who suddenly made up more than 50 percent of the college population.

Eventually expanded to include all who have served in the military, the GI Bill has educated millions, and is credited with laying the foundation for today’s middle class—and producing some of the great innovations of the 20th century. “The scientists and engineers and teachers and thinkers who brought in the information age, who took us to the moon, who waged the Cold War, you name it—all those men and women were educated through the GI Bill,” said historian Ed Humes.

It also fueled service to higher education by veterans. In fact, veterans currently lead ten universities:

  • Christopher Howard, Robert Morris University
  • Elizabeth L. Hillman, Mills College
  • Robert E. Clark, Wesley College
  • Ann Rondeau, College of DuPage
  • Steven H. Tallant, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • William R. Harvey, Hampton University
  • Thomas J. Haas, Grand Valley State University
  • Elroy Ortiz Oakley, Long Beach Community College District
  • Herman J. Fenton, Wilberforce University
  • David E. Garland, Baylor University

Between 2000 and 2012, more than 900,000 veterans and military service members received education benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, carrying forward the important relationship forged between veterans and higher education in 1944.

On Memorial Day we salute those who have served our nation. We also recognize the role higher education has played in advancing the lives of those who gave so much and our pride in working in this industry.

Digital Measures Industry Insights for 2017

The Chronicle of Higher Education predicts “seismic shifts” will transform higher education in the next decade. As you turn the calendar to January and a new year, what do you expect from 2017? Here are a few of the trends we’re watching for the year ahead.

Evolving Accreditation Requirements

Though expected in higher education, “Accreditation …. has come into question in recent years, as accredited schools … are shut down due to poor practices,” according to a report by BestColleges.com. In fact, accrediting bodies including the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) have updated their standards in the past year. DM’s take: Accreditation requirements will drill deeper into faculty qualifications, educational practices and the impacts of universities on students and the larger community. Ensure that your faculty activity reporting (FAR) system is configured to collect this data and report it for accreditation and other purposes. Continue reading “Digital Measures Industry Insights for 2017”