A key component of our reaffirmation of accreditation with SACSCOC is demonstrating that our faculty are highly qualified. In the 2012 Principles of Accreditation, Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1 states:
The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. The institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching, or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. For all cases, the institution is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of its faculty.
For the Commission Guidelines on credentials, click here. These guidelines are summarized further for VSU Department Heads and Deans.
VSU uses a system called Activity Insight, produced by a company called Digital Measures, to record course syllabi, faculty educational credentials, and faculty activity (teaching, service, and research). Every term that a faculty member teaches, s/he will need to upload course syllabi and qualifications for teaching the courses assigned. Faculty can update their scholarly activities and additional professional experiences at any time.
To log in to Digital Measures, click on the link at the left or below, then log in using your Blazeview login name and password. If you have not yet accessed your Blazeview account, you will need to contact the IT Helpdesk in order to set your password (229-245-4357 (HELP), or click link to Helpdesk). Once logged into the Academic Affairs Success Portal, select "Resources," then click on "Digital Measures." Directions for entering degree information, uploading syllabi, and updating your faculty profile are available through the links below.
All syllabi are required to contain student learning outcomes. Core and undergraduate course syllabi must list the appropriate VSU General Education student learning outcomes as well as the relevant student learning outcomes for the major. Graduate course syllabi must list the relevant student learning outcomes for the graduate program of which they are a part.
Digital Measures Portal (for entering faculty credentials and course syllabi beginning Fall 2013)
Step-by-Step Guides and Instructions
For faculty members and administrators entering their credentials (degrees and scholarly activities) in Digital Measures:
For faculty members and instructors who need to upload course syllabi to Digital Measures:
Creating Syllabi (a clear list of what every syllabus should contain)
For department heads or directors:
- If the instructor's Digital Measures account is not yet created, route your request using this form.
- Graduate Faculty Status at VSU
Face-to-Face Training Courses
Face-to-face training classes are offered routinely. Register through Employee and Organizational Development's Training system. Click the “Training Course Registration” link search and add the class.
Digital Measures Training Classes:
- August 4, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- August 4, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- September 12, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- October 4, 2016 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
- November 9, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
- December 1, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- New 2015 layout and features of Digital Measures Activity Insight: https://vimeo.com/134348740
Introduction and Login (4 min. 33 sec.)
Entering your Degrees (2 min. 21 sec.)
Uploading a Course Syllabus (4 min. 45 sec.)
Entering Scholarly Activities (23 min. 48 sec.)
Running Reports (3 min. 28 sec.)
If you cannot access the videos or training materials, email us at assessment @ valdosta.edu and we will be glad to provide them to you in another format.