Increased focus on using university resources effectively has put a premium on information about students, faculty, facilities, and programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. This Provost’s Office initiative seeks to integrate data in an easily consumable way for the upper administration of the institution, delivering it in a series of seamless, web-based portals focused on different constituencies. These portals aim to provide one-stop shopping for executive data needs, providing transparency and accountability to stakeholders across the administration.
The Faculty Information Management Initiative will strategically evaluate current processes and information systems, identify the information required to effectively manage all phases of faculty career administration, and enhance or develop processes and information systems to meet those requirements in a coherent and efficient manner.
We envision a comprehensive faculty information system delivered as a seamless, web-based portal. This portal will serve as an information gateway to provide continuity across the various underlying systems and enable rapid access to information for all stakeholders. The portal will allow the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost to become the authoritative source for all faculty information.
The objective of the faculty information system will be to enhance institutional effectiveness by streamlining the administration of faculty career activities, facilitating data analysis for decision makers, and providing transparency and accountability to stakeholders. As such, it will directly benefit a wide array of constituents, including current and prospective faculty members, department chairs, deans, the Provost’s Office and public stakeholders such as parents, donors and legislators.
The Provost’s Office has partnered with the Graduate School to build a comprehensive, integrated graduate student database and application interface through which data about the students and the programs with which they are affiliated can be reported. The purpose of this project is to track and compile in one place a variety of data about graduate students from recruitment and admissions to degrees awarded, graduation rates, and job placement. The resulting portal application enables aggregate reporting as well as individual review of students and programs at the department, college, and institutional level.
In combination with the faculty and undergraduate portal systems, the graduate portal serves to allow administrators at all levels of the institution to more readily report on key performance indicators such as graduation rates and time to degree with ease. The resulting software system will better position the University to respond to future needs and increase transparency and accountability.