There’s been a big shift on campus, according to panelists and attendees at the recent Inside Higher Ed conference, “Untapped Data: Enhancing Teaching and Learning.” Higher education is moving away from using campus data solely for compliance reporting and toward using data to manage the institution, support student outcomes, and enhance teaching and learning. Here are five key takeaways from the day’s conversations: Continue reading “Using Campus Data to Support Student Success and Steer the Institution: Inside Higher Ed Data Conference”
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”
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, Watermark 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 Digital Measures by Watermark in the HLC region. Continue reading “Streamlining HLC Reporting 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”
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) holds business schools to high reporting standards, which is why more than half of all AACSB-accredited schools of business use Activity Insight. Now, our new Required Fields Audit Report makes AACSB reporting even easier by surfacing missing faculty data so they can be updated and included. This ensures that tables 2-1, 15-1 and 15-2 reflect all of your faculty’s applicable qualifications and accomplishments. Continue reading “New Activity Insight Report Eases AACSB Accreditation”
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”
Universities that haven’t yet implemented a comprehensive faculty activity reporting solution face some major challenges. If you’re still gathering faculty activity data the old fashioned way—with repeated requests to faculty for often the same information, and information that disappears into someone’s personal computer, filing cabinet or binder—you could benefit from faculty activity reporting software in four important ways.
1. Showcase Your Most Important Asset—Your Faculty
Faculty at your university are accomplishing great things—from publishing research to consulting, to presenting at conferences, to performing valuable service activities. But without a central repository of information on faculty’s accomplishments, it’s hard for universities to showcase them. Continue reading “Solve 4 Major Challenges with Faculty Activity Reporting”
How much time does your university spend on reporting? When you consider the range of reporting requirements and requests, the resources spent finding, compiling and calculating information for your many stakeholders can be staggering. Reporting touches every aspect of the university—faculty, extension staff, chairs, deans, administrative staff, the institutional research team and the provost’s office. And the minutes add up fast.
The right faculty activity reporting solution brings together a wide range of institutional data into one central information source and makes it easy to query that data. It also provides a range of reporting options: Continue reading “How Much Time Can the Right FAR Solution Save Your University?”