Georgia College & State University Chooses Watermark to Improve Student & Institutional Outcomes
NEW YORK — November 14, 2018 – Watermark, the largest provider of educational intelligence solutions for higher ed worldwide, is pleased to announce that one of its College of Education partners has elected to expand its partnership with Watermark across the institution. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia has selected Watermark’s educational intelligence solutions for its planning, assessment, ePortfolio, and reporting needs across campus.
Focused on increasing student success and using data to drive meaningful improvements, Georgia College is implementing Watermark for its abilities to increase efficiencies and create an even more holistic integration of institutional effectiveness processes on campus, including: strategic planning, program review, learning outcomes assessment, and accreditation reporting. Georgia College plans to leverage Watermark to break down data silos at the institution, reduce redundancy and time spent on manual processes, and provide more longitudinal transparency around plans, goals, outcomes, and results.
In addition to centralizing assessment planning processes, Georgia College is focused on implementing and measuring student participation in transformative experiences, which includes the assessment of learning outcomes from co-curricular experiences. To do this effectively, Georgia College instituted a university-wide portfolio initiative. While the institution already had a portfolio system in place, Georgia College decided to adopt Watermark as a better partner to scale this initiative, supporting:
- the institution’s campus-wide undergraduate curriculum, GC Journeys, ePortfolio initiatives,
- assessing and fostering student growth through ePortfolios, especially using high-impact practices and essential learning outcomes
- providing students an opportunity to track their own academic and professional growth specifically in the liberal arts, as well as
- improving programmatic and institutional data reports that will increase transparency across campus.
With Watermark, students have the opportunity to curate and manage multiple portfolios that include a variety of sample works, which serve to demonstrate progress toward goals and skill acquisition. Students can receive real-time feedback and easily showcase their learning journeys well beyond the limits of a traditional resume and transcript, demonstrating both their academic growth and future professional potential.
With over 350 employees and more than 1,700 client institutions, Watermark has a proven track record with other institutions implementing portfolio initiatives, which helped cement Georgia College’s final decision.
“At Georgia College, we already have strong, centralized processes in place. With Watermark, we’ll be able to streamline those processes further so that we continue to have the educational intelligence needed to make informed decisions that improve student outcomes. It’s helpful to have a technology partner that shares this vision and recognizes its value for an institution,” said Cara Smith, Director of Institutional Effectiveness for Georgia College.
“We’re excited to use Watermark to move our initiatives forward. We’ve found Watermark team members easy to work with and responsive, and our decision to switch technology providers is going to make our assessment planning and accreditation processes even more efficient. In addition, we’ll be able to advance our campus-wide portfolio initiative – expanding our abilities to assess student learning and gather meaningful data on outcomes, while also giving our students an opportunity to better track their learning growth,” added Andrea Barra, Assistant Director of Assessment for Georgia College.
“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Georgia College and begin working across the institution. We are committed to developing the solutions that colleges and universities need to meet the challenges of effectively planning for assessment, using data to improve outcomes, engaging students in their learning, and supporting student success. We want our technology to ease these processes so that faculty and administrators can focus more on using their data to make meaningful improvements,” said Kevin Michielsen, CEO of Watermark.
Founded in 1889, the Georgia Normal & Industrial College was chartered as a two-year college emphasizing teacher training and business skills. In 1996, the Georgia Board of Regents officially charged the institution with its new mission as “Georgia’s public liberal arts university” and bestowed the name Georgia College & State University. With a faculty of more than 300, Georgia College serves over 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students in four colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences, the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, the John H. Lounsbury College of Education and the College of Health Sciences.
With Watermark as their partner, Georgia College is poised to further streamline and centralize its core institutional processes and use its data to make meaningful outcomes improvements at all levels.
Watermark’s mission is to put better data into the hands of administrators, faculty, and students everywhere in order to empower them to connect information and gain insights into learning which will drive meaningful improvements. Through its innovative educational intelligence platform, Watermark supports institutions in developing an intentional approach to learning and development based on data they can trust.