Longwood University Chooses Watermark’s New Planning & Self-Study to Break Down Silos and Better Engage Faculty in Assessment

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NEW YORK— July 9, 2019 –Watermark, a pioneer in educational intelligence, is pleased to expand its partnership with Longwood University located in Farmville, Virginia. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Longwood has selected Watermark’s new planning and accreditation solution for use across the institution.

A national leader in using data to drive meaningful improvements, Longwood University has elected to use Watermark’s Planning & Self-Study because of its ability to increase efficiencies and create a more holistic integration of institutional effectiveness processes, including assessment planning, program review, learning outcomes assessment, and accreditation reporting. With a strong culture of assessment in place at the institution, Longwood will use Planning & Self-Study to more easily collect and report on assessment planning efforts across departments, programs, and colleges to meet goals for continuous improvement and accreditation.

“The quality of teaching and learning is greatly valued here at Longwood, and we understand the interconnectedness of assessment, teaching, and learning. With Planning & Self-Study, we’ll be able to streamline our planning and answer essential questions about the success of our programs and courses. We can advance our current processes in order to get at the kind of data and reporting that will be beneficial in planning and improvement,” said Dr. Linda Townsend, Director of Assessment, Longwood University.

“With easy set-up and built-in guidance for faculty, program coordinators and department chairs, we are able to collaborate better within and across programs, further develop sustainable strategies, and increase both faculty engagement and transparency around our goals, measurements, and results. All of these efforts will drive meaningful improvements across the institution and help us more easily document those improvements for accreditors,” noted Townsend.

Planning & Self-Study is built on the new Watermark Platform, which features a powerful data architecture that allows an institution to leverage its data from external sources and across the platform. This educational intelligence platform will combine many of today’s point systems on campus to streamline processes, integrate datasets, and empower administrators, faculty, and students to make evidence-based decisions for improvement. In addition to leveraging its innovative architectural foundation, Planning & Self-Study offers Longwood capabilities that cannot be found in other solutions, including:

  • Intelligent curriculum mapping
  • Longitudinal and roll-up reporting on outcomes and measures
  • Results management and action planning tools to close the loop
  • The ability to generate a self-study for regional accreditation

Longwood will take advantage of linking its assessment planning directly to classroom data for better reflection and action planning – with abilities to see outcomes in the context of creating an assessment measure, aligning outcomes to courses in the intelligent curriculum map, and directly linking course data at even the section level to assessment plans. Administrators will be able to review assessment findings for specific courses, aggregate by outcome or measure, or roll up assessment data from across multiple course sections. These capabilities are helping Longwood better identify areas for curricular improvements, monitor the effectiveness of improvement actions, and more easily generate accreditation reports for SACSCOC – all from within a single, centralized system.

“We’re honored to have Longwood University as part of the Watermark Community. With Planning & Self-Study and our series of assessment solutions, we look to support the institution’s work in fostering a positive culture of assessment. With our new solution and the educational intelligence platform upon which it’s built, we’re tackling core issues around data integration with other systems and supporting greater reporting and analytics so that institutions like Longwood can continue breaking down data silos while leveraging better-connected data to make evidence-based decisions that improve outcomes,” said Kevin Michielsen, Watermark’s CEO.

Founded in 1839, Longwood University is one of the hundred-oldest colleges and universities in the U.S. and offers students a comprehensive liberal arts education rooted in the distinctive mission to prepare citizen leaders to make positive contributions to the common good of society. Serving over 5,000 students annually, Longwood offers more than 100 areas of study across three undergraduate academic colleges and a graduate college, supported by an honors college. Faculty are known for their commitment to personalized teaching, and their ranks include winners of state and national teaching awards. In 2018, Longwood launched the Civitae Core Curriculum, an innovative new approach to general education that focuses on engaging students in integrative approaches to challenges they will encounter as citizens, while emphasizing communication and critical thinking skills.

With Watermark’s Planning & Self-Study, Longwood will be able to better streamline and centralize its outcomes assessment planning process, evaluate effectiveness, reduce time spent on manual processes, continue breaking down data silos, and provide more longitudinal transparency in order to make meaningful improvements to teaching and learning across the institution.

Victoria Guzzo
Director of Corporate Communications