College of DuPage Chooses Watermark to More Effectively Manage Faculty Reviews and Activities


NEW YORK— February 7, 2020 –Watermark, the largest provider of educational intelligence solutions for higher ed worldwide, is pleased to welcome College of DuPage as it’s newest partner. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the College of DuPage (COD) has elected to use Watermark’s faculty activity reporting solution in order to more effectively manage processes for faculty hiring, evaluation and reviews, as well as professional development and support.

As a public community college in Illinois with more than 1,400 adjunct faculty, the College was intent on increasing efficiencies in its faculty activity documenting and reporting, as well as evaluations, reviews, and promotion and tenure processes. Prior to selecting technology to support their processes, COD manually maintained faculty information in a variety of systems. The College will implement Watermark across campus to centralize information, enable expanded data collection abilities, and streamline processes — with a goal of evaluating all adjunct faculty every three years and better supporting faculty in their professional development.

The College is focused on streamlining the process of capturing faculty activities across the institution at different points in time by centralizing and automating information-rich reporting to ensure both faculty and administrators have the actionable data needed to monitor quality and make real-time decisions that improve teaching and learning. With the goal of facilitating an integrated faculty data collection and reporting process at COD, the College reinforces its commitment to supporting faculty growth through a process that allows for the documenting, collecting, and storing of faculty activities, including research and publications, professional development, internal and external service, and course loads. In leveraging Watermark solutions for this, faculty can store artifacts of their work, such as full-text files of publications, presentations, grant award letters, and audio and video recordings of performances, and then generate Curriculum Vitae from the data entered.

Plus, when faculty upload this vita data into Watermark, COD can produce activity reports for the purposes of annual departmental and College-wide review and celebrations of faculty accomplishments. Data is easily accessed for promotion and tenure discussions, accreditation requirements, and reports to all stakeholders. With Watermark, COD will reduce the amount of time spent capturing, organizing, and analyzing faculty information, as well as ease the documentation process for faculty.

“We’re excited to welcome the College of DuPage and support their faculty activity reporting needs. Consolidating and expanding the College’s faculty dataset marks an important step in helping the College centralize many of its core institutional processes and increase efficiency. At Watermark, we look to ease these institutional data collection processes so that faculty and administrators can focus more on using their data to make meaningful improvements across all levels of the institution — that means for teaching and learning as well as faculty professional development,” said Kevin Michielsen, Watermark’s CEO.

Victoria Guzzo
Sr. Director, Corporate Communications