With the difficulties of manually collecting, calculating and reporting on faculty activity data in support of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, many business schools decide to implement faculty activity reporting software. But given the lengthy accreditation and reporting cycle, it’s easy to let that initial urgency fade, which can delay time to value of the software and turn the next AACSB reporting deadline into another fire drill. Fortunately, by setting deadlines and prioritizing a single-focus project, implementing faculty activity reporting for AACSB accreditation can actually be a remarkably streamlined process. In gathering client insight and feedback from countless AACSB implementations, Digital Measures’ Onboarding Team began using a strategy that positions business schools to implement AACSB reporting in as little as 12 weeks. We call it the “1, 3, 5, 7 Mindset,” and it requires a laser focus, strong project team and a commitment to meeting deadlines. Here’s how an accelerated AACSB implementation works. Continue reading “1, 3, 5, 7: Laser Focus Spurs Accelerated AACSB Launches”
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”
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 reporting software is an important investment for your university, so you want to prepare yourself to make the most of it from the moment you sign on. Asking your stakeholders some key questions sets the stage for successful implementation and meeting your institution’s objectives on schedule. Here are six things to know before you launch faculty activity reporting software. Continue reading “6 Things to Know Before You Launch Faculty Activity Reporting Software”
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”
Texas State University McCoy College of Business Administration used Activity Insight for 6 years before signing on for a campus-wide implementation in March 2016 with the immovable go live date of September 1, 2016. Whitten Smart, the school’s Supervisor of Learning Applications Solutions, shared the early steps of the university’s journey at our 2016 User Group. Here, Smart shares his thoughts on Texas State’s ongoing implementation and the recipe for success when implementing a faculty activity reporting solution. Continue reading “For Texas State, The Recipe for Success Starts with Support”
Implementing faculty activity reporting software can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re considering a campus-wide implementation. Fortunately for many universities, business schools often lead the way on faculty activity reporting, which can smooth the path of a wider rollout. In fact, in 2016, more than one-third of campus-wide Activity Insight implementations began with using it in the business school first.
Building on Success
Business schools often implement Activity Insight to prepare for the rigorous reporting required for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. This reporting demonstrates the value of faculty activity reporting and how it can benefit the whole institution. Continue reading “Business Schools Lead the Way to Campus-wide Faculty Activity Reporting”
The right faculty activity reporting solution can transform the way universities collect information and report on faculty achievements. But as with any enterprise software, implementation and ongoing support are the pivotal elements that make the difference. While working for nearly two decades with universities large and small, we have identified the phases of implementation universities experience, and the best ways to support you at each phase of the journey. It’s the foundation of our proven service model for Activity Insight and the Digital Measures difference. Continue reading “Client Success Defines Digital Measures Service Model”
Strategic thinking makes a big difference in the results you get from your faculty activity reporting (FAR) solution. According to Digital Measures Solution Specialist David Sarnowski, clients who get the most out of Activity Insight are those who ask themselves two big-picture questions at the outset, and build their database to provide the most relevant information at their institution.
- What decisions is your institution making? What information best informs those decisions?
- What answers does your university require? Can you evaluate progress toward strategic goals? Can you completely and accurately report on faculty information required by accrediting bodies?
Discovering answers to these questions provides you with a “needs list” of specific information your FAR solution should provide. Building your database to answer your university’s most mission-critical questions ensures you’ll get the information you want from the system. In fact, considering your university’s mission is a great place to start. Continue reading “Ask the Right Questions for FAR Solution Success”
When your internal faculty activity reporting (FAR) system no longer meets your university’s needs, it’s a great time to take stock so you can get the maximum benefit from a new FAR solution. Solution Specialist Brett Bernsteen has helped many universities transition from internal FAR systems and shares his tips for getting the most out of your transition. Continue reading “5 Best Practices for Preparing Your Transition From an Internal Faculty Activity Reporting System”