The road to the Final Four ends tonight when the national champion is crowned. As the Elite Eight became the Final Four we got to thinking about the four challenges that lay in front of universities who have not yet implemented a faculty activity reporting solution. Discover why your university should shed its reliance on inefficient processes for gathering faculty activity information.
1. Start Showcasing Your Most Precious Asset—Your Faculty
If your university isn’t promoting its faculty accomplishments, it’s likely you’re missing out on opportunities. Faculty at your university are achieving great success—from publishing research to consulting, to presenting at conferences, to performing valuable service activities. However, performing these activities is different from showcasing them.
With hundreds of faculty, it is hard for universities to demonstrate their accomplishments. Without complete and accurate data housed in a central location, universities can find themselves at a strategic disadvantage. Being able to leverage faculty successes opens the door for universities to position themselves on top. With fresh and comprehensive insight into faculty achievements, universities have the advantage when it comes to making confident decisions for promotion or tenure, rallying for grant opportunities, attracting prospective students and so much more.
2. Limit the Number of Times You Ask Faculty for Data
How many times does your university ask faculty for information? Where does this information go? Universities tend to find themselves asking for information between eight to 12 times a year to complete annual reports, promotion and tenure documents, faculty web profiles, accreditation and other ad hoc requests. Then this information finds its way into someone’s filing cabinet or desktop—and not in a single repository for others to use.
Implementing a faculty activity reporting solution can make things easier for everyone. With a centralized location for faculty activity information, faculty can maintain their records throughout the year and store supporting documents, such as grant funding letters and full-texts of publications.
3. Eliminate Inefficient Processes for a Streamlined System
Do you have access to your most significant asset—faculty accomplishments? Having access to current faculty activity information is of strategic interest to all universities. From accreditation to annual faculty activity reports, to name a few, there are a number of reasons to have the most complete and accurate faculty activity information available when you need it.
4. Create Accurate and Complete Reporting
Does the manual process of reaching out to collect faculty activity information, hand-counting it and fitting it into customized reporting templates for each unique purpose sound familiar? That’s hours and hours spent creating reports each time one is required. Just because you’ve gathered the information doesn’t necessarily mean it’s usable or accessible. Take the initiative to streamline your university’s faculty activity reporting process and stop re-inventing the wheel when you need information.
Want to learn more about eliminating inefficient processes, centralizing faculty information and streamlining reporting? Take a look at our e-book: Four Challenges Solved by Faculty Activity Reporting.