Best Practices Checklist: Academic Information Management
Is your university using the best contemporary practices to manage the collection, reporting, and flow of academic staff information?
If you are involved in academic affairs, institutional research, university human resources, or academic technology, you will want to see this detailed checklist of specific questions that can indicate the health of your institution’s approach to information about your faculty members’ work.
Meant for comparison against the current state of academic staff data at your institution, the checklist poses a rigorous series of questions about the fundamental elements of strategic academic information management, such as:
Building foundations for a more comprehensive look into academic staff data and activity
Establishing all stakeholders’ buy-in
Addressing data collection challenges
Repurposing and reusing data
Why it matters
More and more universities are recognising the previously unseen opportunity costs of how little they typically know about the makeup, activity, and professional growth of their academic staff—despite the fact that their academic staff are the most central group on campus driving the academic mission. And, conversely, academic leaders are realizing how much more they might be able to do (or avoid) if they had a dedicated instrument for studying what their academics do.