DMers Volunteer: Giving Back in 2017

DMers Volunteer: Giving Back in 2017

Giving back matters. That’s why Digital Measures provides all DMers two paid days per year to volunteer and offers multiple community outreach opportunities to get involved.  And, DMers always step up contributing more than 1,000 hours to various non-profits.

In 2017, volunteers from DM:

  • Shared college experiences with high school students through College Possible
  • Staffed a phone bank for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
  • Got our hands dirty helping the Victory Garden Initiative, the Hunger Task Force Farm and the Urban Ecology Center
  • Collected food donations during a pre-Thanksgiving drive for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Gave the gift of blood during a Blood Center of Wisconsin donation drive
  • Educated the community and led tours during Doors Open Milwaukee

And those are just the volunteer opportunities organized by DM. DMers also give their time to a range of organizations, from those helping animals to supporting the arts and other causes.

It’s deeply rewarding to give back to a community that’s been Digital Measures home for 18 years. Thanks, Milwaukee!

DMers Volunteer: Giving Back in 2017

 

 

 

Recently, DMers helped serve breakfast at The Gathering, an organization dedicated to feeding Milwaukee’s hungry.

5 Best Practices for Faculty Training with University of Texas at San Antonio

5 Best Practices for Faculty Training with University of Texas at San Antonio

Engaging faculty with an activity database starts with great training. At our recent User Group, Tia Palsole, Project Coordinator at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), shared how the university’s highly rated program made faculty training convenient, accessible and useful, encouraging them to use the activity database to its full advantage. Continue reading “5 Best Practices for Faculty Training with University of Texas at San Antonio”

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Creating Reports to Streamline SACSCOC Accreditation with Augusta University

Creating Reports to Streamline SACSCOC Accreditation with Augusta University

Augusta University has streamlined its accreditation reporting for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) by customizing its faculty activity reporting solution to serve as the source of record for faculty credentialing data. At the recent SACSCOC conference, Ray Whiting, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness for Assessment and Special Education Initiatives at Augusta, and Laurisa Perlberg, Watermark Client Success Manager, discussed how they collaborated to leverage data already captured in their faculty activity reporting system—and turned this information into actionable reports. Continue reading “Creating Reports to Streamline SACSCOC Accreditation with Augusta University”

Earning Faculty & Administration Buy-in With Oregon State University, Part 2

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

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”

6 Key Considerations for Implementing Faculty Web Profiles with Wake Forest University

6 Key Considerations for Implementing Faculty Web Profiles with Wake Forest University

Faculty’s accomplishments tell the success stories of your university’s mission and impact on students and the community. They also represent a life’s work, so showcasing them on your university’s website offers faculty the widest possible audience to reach potential students and collaborators as well as donors. With some coordination with your university website’s technical team, web profiles can be as up to date as faculty’s data in Activity Insight. In our last post, we discussed the value of web profiles for Wake Forest University’s School of Business and School of Law. Here, we’ll take a look the key considerations for implementing faculty web profiles as experienced at Wake Forest. Continue reading “6 Key Considerations for Implementing Faculty Web Profiles with Wake Forest University”

faculty web profiles with Wake Forest University

Faculty Web Profiles with Wake Forest University

Web profiles publicly showcase your faculty’s accomplishments, engagement and impact, allowing your university to:

  • attract prospective students and faculty
  • impress donors
  • inform legislators, accreditors and the public

They’re also a boon to faculty, showcasing their work on a larger stage than all but the most widely followed personal websites. This opens opportunities for collaboration and recognition as an expert in the field.

At many universities, faculty must request manual updates to web profiles, causing delays in showcasing current awards, conference presentations, performances, exhibitions and other successes. Manually updating faculty web profiles also taxes the resources of marketing and IT teams.

With the right customizations and integration with the campus website, a faculty activity reporting solution can automatically update faculty web profiles using the data faculty already enter into the system for other uses, such as annual reporting or accreditation. Using faculty’s existing data eliminates manual tasks and ensures that your university website tells the most current story of faculty teaching, research and scholarship, service and other accomplishments. In the first of this two-part series, learn how Wake Forest University’s Schools of Business and Law create and use faculty web profiles and research and expertise directories. Next time, we’ll look at six key considerations Wake Forest’s technical team identified when implementing web profiles. Continue reading “Faculty Web Profiles with Wake Forest University”

Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Arkansas!

Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Arkansas!

Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Arkansas!There’s a new mug on our Digital Measures mug wall! We are pleased to announce that the University of Arkansas (UArk) has joined the rapidly growing number of universities using Activity Insight university-wide to capture and report on faculty activities and achievements. Continue reading “Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Arkansas!”

Powering Analytics With Faculty Activity Data with University of Michigan School of Public Health

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”