Category: Technology

Powering Analytics With Faculty Activity Data 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 the last post, we explored MPH’s rapid Activity Insight implementation. Here, you’ll learn how MPH uses faculty activity data from Activity Insight in Tableau dashboards, showing context, ranking and analytics. Continue reading “Powering Analytics With Faculty Activity Data with University of Michigan School of Public Health”

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”

What Data Can and Can’t Do for Your University, Part 1

Data, and the ability to analyze and report on it, can transform universities. 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 1”

Extension and Activity Insight with University of Maryland and Utah State University

One of the great things about Activity Insight is that universities can use the system to fulfill a wide range of data tracking and reporting needs. For universities that have extension programs, Activity Insight has proven to be an excellent resource.

Our recent User Group session covered this topic, led by Teresa McCoy, Assistant Director of Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Maryland, and Peter Crosby, Data Analyst at Utah State University. This blog will examine each university’s journey with Activity Insight and how it benefitted their extension program needs. Continue reading “Extension and Activity Insight with University of Maryland and Utah State University”

What Would Your Faculty Do With More Time?

Faculty activity reporting is our specialty. And from our research, we know that everyone across the university spends a lot of time collecting and capturing information to position their faculty in the best light. However, manual processes and lack of centralized information put universities at a disadvantage. Continue reading “What Would Your Faculty Do With More Time?”

4 Technology Investments That Will Make a Difference in 2016

Letting your faculty’s successes shine means identifying and highlighting their accomplishments so that your university can tell its unique story. A faculty activity reporting solution that is user-friendly, intuitive, accessible and secure can help. With this in mind, we devoted resources from our talented team of DMers to many initiatives in the last year to ensure you have the most powerful faculty activity reporting solution at your fingertips.   Continue reading “4 Technology Investments That Will Make a Difference in 2016”