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Academic Management Systems: 8 areas of benefit

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Following our last entry making the case for the use of Academic Management Systems (AMS), in this post we highlight some benefits of such software implementation.

1. Governance When used as a hub for all scholarly activity taking place during the entire academic life cycle, an AMS lends strong support to the shared governance model that is intrinsic to higher education. Its technology tools--designed and built for faculty--support faculty in getting better organized, using time more efficiently, reducing administrative work and engaging deeper with students, peers and administrators.

2. Academic Leadership AMS can provide academic leaders with helpful dashboards showing the performance of all faculty, and allow for individual and collective action.

3. Budget By using consistent and validated data from its AMS, institutions can identify areas of opportunity for investment and growth. It can also reduce operating costs via the streamlining of processes, reduction of manual work, and closer monitoring of core faculty teaching and learning, research, and service activities.

4. Student success AMS can definitely help institutions in improving student success. By having a system that enables faculty to spend its time more effectively, there will be additional time to focus on student engagement, outcomes and success.

5. Insights and analysis By using consistent and validated data from its AMS, institutions can conduct insightful analyses and rigorous assessments, leading to better informed decisions. Reporting is also enhanced and simplified because silos are eliminated and all data comes from a unified data ecosystem that includes people systems, financial systems and research systems.

6. Accreditation and compliance An AMS can be instrumental for successful assessment and reporting to regulatory and accreditation instances. The system facilitates institutional assessment that includes strategic and institutional reporting plus compliance reporting; it also facilitates individual assessment that includes teaching and research outcomes, service accomplishments and professional development.

7. Rank The efficiency gains derived from an AMS can have positive consequences in school’s ratings and rankings. As faculty time gets allocated more efficiently, the resulting surplus hours can be devoted to more substantive and impactful initiatives, and career advancement.

8. Equity and diversity An AMS can help further academic diversity pursuits. The front end of the system can be used during the faculty recruitment and selection processes to set diversity targets and subsequently track performance.

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of Academic Management Systems.

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