Faculty Qualifications: Two Schools, Two Approaches

There’s a hot topic on campus: faculty qualifications, or what accrediting bodies often call credentialing. Most faculty are qualified to teach based on their academic degrees, but some faculty may be qualified based on work experience, licenses, certifications or other qualifying activities. Given the range of expectations from regional and professional accreditors, should you take a high-level, overview approach, or get into the details of individual courses? Stacy Becker, Digital Measures Client Success Manager, recently hosted a webinar with guest speakers Jan Smith, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Pittsburg State University, and Elizabeth Heise, Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Their institutions took different approaches to faculty qualifications; Smith and Heise shared their perspectives on making the right choice for their institutions. Continue reading “Faculty Qualifications: Two Schools, Two Approaches”

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”