Category: Impact

5 Ways Universities Can Build and Retain Trust

Universities have historically been trusted institutions and pillars in the communities they call home. But according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, we are in the midst of a global crisis of trust in institutions ranging from governments and media to businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). With a prevailing public sentiment of mistrust, attracting students and funding becomes more difficult. Here are five things universities can do now to build and retain the trust of your many stakeholders, from prospective students and faculty to alumni, donors and legislators. Continue reading “5 Ways Universities Can Build and Retain Trust”

How Your Faculty Activity Database Can Answer Strategic Questions

Strategic thinking makes a big difference in the results you get from a faculty management solution. Universities who get the most out of faculty activity data are those who ask themselves two big-picture questions at the outset, and build their systems to answer them. Consider: Continue reading “How Your Faculty Activity Database Can Answer Strategic Questions”

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”

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”

What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 2

Data and reporting capabilities are essential for higher education as universities grapple with the challenges of changing public expectations, increasing accountability to multiple stakeholders, uncertainty surrounding funding and ensuring that the education students receive prepares them to be future thinkers, workers and citizens. But in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mark Salisbury, assistant dean and director of institutional research and assessment at Augustana College in Illinois, noted that “[d]espite all the cheerleading that seems to have accompanied big data’s arrival on campus, its promise to transform higher education continues to surge well ahead of its supporting evidence.” So what can and can’t data do for your university? Continue reading “What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 2”

Capturing the Impact of Community Engagement with New Mexico State

At our recent User Group, Steven Loring of New Mexico State University led a discussion on capturing the impact of community engagement via Activity Insight. Loring, the Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System at NMSU, is involved with the tracking and analysis of community engagement for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the university as a whole. Here’s a followup on his presentation, with additional discussion of the value of reporting impacts at the university level. Continue reading “Capturing the Impact of Community Engagement with New Mexico State”

Leveraging Activity Insight for Measuring Impact with Purdue University

Purdue University College of Agriculture’s shared their experience with leveraging Activity Insight to measure impacts at our recent User Group meeting. Team members Dawn Parks, assistant director of sponsored programs, Julie Huetteman, strategic initiatives coordinator, and Alee Gunderson, associate data analyst, discussed their efforts to measure the impact of the College of Agriculture’s faculty, staff and Extension programs on the community. Continue reading “Leveraging Activity Insight for Measuring Impact with Purdue University”

Webinar Recap: Measuring and Managing Impact, A Story from the University of St. Thomas in Houston

Our clients are doing great things and we love sharing their successes. Earlier this year, Dr. Beena George, Dean of the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas at Houston (USTH) joined us for a webinar, “Measuring and Managing Impact.” Continue reading “Webinar Recap: Measuring and Managing Impact, A Story from the University of St. Thomas in Houston”