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Important Considerations in Online Faculty Evaluations

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. Evaluations and assessments of faculty are a fixture of university life. Faculty members are evaluated for many reasons: annual review, tenure, and promotion, to name a few. Faculty members also participate in these processes from both sides: being evaluated, and being evaluators of […]

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Best Practices for Enhancing Information Technology & Faculty Collaboration

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. Higher education Information Technology (IT) administrators attending EDUCAUSE 2014 shared best practices used at their schools to enhance collaboration between IT and faculty. The implicit goals of these practices are to enhance communication and the quality of IT decisions.  Practices shared include: using […]

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Promising Tech Tools for Higher Ed

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. Up-and-coming technologies hold a lot of promise for students, faculty members, and administrators in higher education. Systems being developed by software companies, as well as some innovations created at academic institutions, offer the potential to help track student advancement, identify issues facing struggling […]

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Four Factors for Implementing Cloud-Based Software

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. Offering the promise of instant access to data, applications and other technology tools from anywhere in the world, cloud-based computing can be an attractive concept for forward-thinking educational institutions and their IT professionals. However, migrating part or all of an institution’s information into […]

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Information Technology’s Role In Academic Research

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. What role does IT play in supporting a world class research environment in academe? This question is answered in a video produced by EdTech at EDUCAUSE 2014. The video shares the insights of senior IT administrators at the University of Cincinnati, University of […]

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Being a College Professor: What Will be the “New Normal”?

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. The culture of being a traditional college professor is under pressure from a variety of fronts — stagnating wages, diminishing of tenure-track positions, and an increase of political scrutiny.  As a result, colleges and universities would do well to remember the importance of […]

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Should Faculty Search Committees Focus More on Teaching?

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Faculty search committees at many colleges and universities focus too much on candidates’ research and publishing portfolios, according to an essay published last week on Inside Higher Ed. Instead, the article suggests, search committees should pay closer attention to the teaching skills of their candidates, as classroom instruction comprises the lion’s share of faculty duties at […]

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Measuring the Impact of Research in Diverse Disciplines

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. In a world where every dollar spent on academic research must be justified to numerous institutional and political authorities, it is becoming necessary to develop a set of metrics that accurately gauges the impact that research has on society, according to a blog […]

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Are Student Evaluations of Faculty Overused?

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. Although student evaluations have become a nearly universal component in measuring faculty performance, a new paper suggests that student evaluations are statistically unreliable, and that many institutions are relying too heavily on them in the faculty review process. The paper, “An Evaluation of […]

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Are Adjunct Appointments Harming Higher Ed?

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Content originally published on data180.com. Learn more about Interfolio’s acquisition of Data180 here. National discussion of employment issues and wage fairness has placed a spotlight on a contentious area within higher education: the growing reliance on adjunct appointments and the shrinking number of tenure-track faculty positions at many institutions. In August, a pair of commentaries published […]

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