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Because Oregon State University is the state’s land grant, it receives dedicated federal funding streams, that come with the requirement that we document the public value resulting from this investment. The College of Agricultural Sciences’ annual research enterprise engages some 300 faculty, 2500 undergraduate and 350 graduate students. It is valued at $50 M, per year.

After six months of fact-finding, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the OSU Extension service decided that Digital Measures would be an effective reporting tool that could systematically capture outputs, outcomes, and impacts. Our friends in the Colleges of Business and Public Health and Human Sciences had adopted Digital Measures some years prior and contributed to the decision-making process.

Digital Measures is able to tie a single profile to multiple colleges, reducing the repetitive reporting requirements for faculty with joint appointments. It is customizable to efficiently meet the reporting needs of faculty and administrators.

A first step in optimizing the customizability, minimize repetitive entries, and implementing the concept of “single truth” of data was to create an interface between Banner and Digital Measures. Here are some of benefits delivered or in the offing from this interface:

  • Digital Measures profiles are activated based on HR data found in Banner;
  • Using your ONID user name and password to login to Digital Measures;
  • Scheduled teaching and eSET scores will be automatically imported quarterly from their systems of record.;
  • Long term curation of publications via Scholars Archive may become a possibility;
  • Displaying Digital Measures profile info on faculty web profiles.

Other valuable customizations in-place or approaching completion:

  • Promotion and tenure curriculum vita report programmed into Digital Measures to meet Faculty Senate guidelines;
  • Conflict of interest reports customized for USDA-NIFA or National Science Foundation.

CAS and Extension administrators authorized paid data entry to meet the 2015 joint Report of Accomplishments expectation for Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service. Data entry began in September 2015. Writing that joint report in January 2016 was a task of reducing the available information, rather than trying to find it.  

Applies To: 
Agricultural Sciences, Outreach and Engagement (Extension)