Category: Implementation

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”

Successful, Speedy Activity Insight Implementation 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 this post, we’ll explore MPH’s rapid Activity Insight implementation. Next time, we’ll look at how they’re using faculty activity data from Activity Insight in Tableau dashboards, showing context, ranking and analytics. Continue reading “Successful, Speedy Activity Insight Implementation with University of Michigan School of Public Health”

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”

1, 3, 5, 7: Laser Focus Spurs Accelerated AACSB Launches

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”

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”

6 Things to Know Before You Launch Faculty Activity Reporting Software

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”

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”