Daniel Campbell, Director of Assessment
and Accreditation, University of Idaho
The Western Academic Leadership Forum recently presented its 2019 Colleagues’ Choice Award to the University of Idaho for an innovative faculty-productivity data tool designed to reduce redundancy and administrative burden for academic deans, chairs, and other senior higher education officials. The tool was selected from a field of submissions last year to the Academic Leaders Toolkit, a best-practice-sharing clearinghouse established by the Forum and its sister organization, the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders.
The cloud-based system, which was built in-house using Qualtrics survey software, streamlines the collection, reporting, and analysis of data necessary for intra- and extra-institutional purposes that include evaluation, promotion, and tenure assessment.
In a nod to the potential broader value of the tool — and in the cross-institutional, idea-sharing spirit that characterizes the Forum’s membership — the university’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences has made it available free of charge on its website.