If you’re a faculty member or someone assisting an academic department, you’ve probably heard about the impending rollout of the Professional Activity Capture Tool (PACT), an online information management system that gives us a single database for faculty information.
I realize just how often we ask faculty for the same information, and while the reasons for asking are certainly important, we understand how disruptive these requests can be to your already busy schedules. With PACT, we are now able to have a single source of information on faculty that will help us, and you, produce reports for the annual review process, promotion and tenure review and accreditation while also providing a faculty database that can be used by both internal and external audiences.
One tool with several uses meeting multiple needs.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this tool, which comes to us from Digital Measures, is our ability to customize the information fields. Each college and department has its own individual needs, and our ability to tailor the information ensures that we can be responsive to everyone – faculty, departments and the university as a whole.
Teams have already begun working with people at the department level, and training will continue throughout October. While I understand why there might be some skepticism that one tool can handle all these different aspects of reporting, and maybe even a little frustration that we’re kicking this off during the hectic early days of the semester, please understand that the ultimate goal is to take work off your plates, giving you more time to do the things you need to do for your students, your research and your professional development.
Once the information is inputted, only routine updates will be required.
The best way to understand how PACT can help you is to learn more about it, so I’m including a list of resources, which you can also find at the Institutional Effectiveness web page.
As always, I thank you for all you do to make this university a place we can all be proud of.