Digital Measures will be ETSU's web-based faculty activity reporting system that allows faculty members to keep track of their teaching, research and scholarly activities, service activities, and all of your other activities and awards.
What is Digital Measures?
Digital Measures (by Watermark) is software purchased by ETSU to help faculty, staff,
Chairs, Deans, and other administrators organize and build reports on teaching, research/scholarly
activities and service activities. It enables faculty to enter and keep track of their
activities just once so that different outputs can be prepared, such as annual activity
reports, tenure and promotion documents, accreditation reports, faculty CVs, faculty
credentials, graduate faculty status, and more. It also assists ETSU administration
in responding to requests for faculty-related data, eliminating the need for faculty
and staff to have to continually enter this information into different forms for different
offices on campus. This enables ETSU to communicate more effectively about faculty
Why should I use Digital Measures?
By having all of your activities and accomplishments centralized in Digital Measures, you only have to record your activities once, in a single place, and the system can do the heavy lifting of bringing the right information together in the right format. As a result, when others (e.g., the Chair, the Dean, other administrators) ask for information on your activities, accomplishments, and qualifications several times during an academic year, up-to-date responses can be produced with just a few clicks. Even better, though, is that with this information centralized within Digital Measures, you may not even have to produce these reports; others can generate reports to get the information they need without asking you for the information over and over again.
General Faculty Guide for Using Digital Measures
How is this different from other software packages purchased by ETSU in the past?
The Digital Measures software will replace paper forms and digital systems developed
in-house, making this an extremely useful tool for everyone at ETSU. In addition,
the implementation of Digital Measures is being faculty-led in consultation with the
Office of the Provost. The goal of the implementation phase is to ensure that all
units and individuals at ETSU who will use Digital Measures are able to get the information
they need for various reports and that everyone is fully trained in using Digital
Measures. This software is not a short-term solution, but rather a long-term solution
to the problem of faculty, staff, and administrators having to enter their activities
in multiple places multiple times throughout the academic year. As a result, ETSU
plans to fully implement and utilize Digital Measures to its greatest extent for many
What is the timeline for implementation? When will we begin using Digital Measures?
Currently, data are being gathered from several individuals and units on campus (e.g., Deans, Department Chairs and Program Heads, other administrators and stakeholders) in order to determine 1) what information is needed and 2) what reports are needed to ensure that Digital Measures is designed and implemented in a way that is most useful for everyone at ETSU. Digital Measures will be in place by the beginning of Fall 2021, with the goal to have all users trained in using Digital Measures by the end of 2021.