Misericordia University Chooses Watermark’s New Planning & Self-Study to Improve Learning and Institutional Outcomes

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NEW YORK — July 23, 2019 –Watermark, the largest provider of educational intelligence systems for higher ed worldwide, is pleased to expand its partnership with Misericordia University located in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Misericordia has selected Watermark’s new planning and accreditation solution for use across the institution.

Focused on using data to drive meaningful improvements, Misericordia adopted Watermark Planning & Self-Study specifically 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 Watermark, Misericordia can more easily collect and report on assessment planning efforts across departments, programs, and colleges to meet goals for continuous improvement and accreditation.

“To see the new Planning & Self-Study solution was a real drop-the-mic kind of experience for us! It meets us where we are, mirrors the way we view assessment, has all of the dashboarding and reporting we wanted, and is flexible enough to align to our processes as we grow,” said Dr. Patricia Thatcher, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Misericordia University.

“We’ll be able to streamline our assessment planning and answer essential questions about the success of our programs and course offerings. Set up was simple, and the workspace is intuitive – with prompts and guides for documenting, collecting, and reporting on our planning efforts. This is an opportunity to increase faculty and program chair engagement as well as transparency around our goals, measurements, and results – all of which is helping to drive more meaningful improvements across our institution while preparing for accreditation,” noted Thatcher.

Watermark 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, break down data silos, and empower administrators, faculty, and students to make evidence-based decisions to improve their performance.

In addition to leveraging its innovative architectural foundation, Planning & Self-Study offers Misericordia 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, and
  • The ability to generate a self-study for regional accreditation

Misericordia will also use Watermark’s course-embedded and outcomes assessment solutions, linking its assessment planning directly to classroom data for better reflection and action planning. Watermark Planning & Self-Study connects workflows for outcomes development and assessment with abilities to see outcomes in the context of creating an assessment measure, as well as aligning outcomes to courses in an intelligent curriculum map. This populates alignments between courses and outcomes based on measures created in planning — so that course data at even the section level can link directly to assessment plans.

With the ability to review assessment findings for specific courses, aggregate by outcome or measure, or roll up assessment data from across multiple course sections to stack against a benchmark, Planning & Self-Study can help the institution more easily pinpoint gaps in curriculum, identify and monitor the effectiveness of improvement actions, and more easily generate accreditation reports for MSCHE — all from within a single, centralized system.

“We’re honored to have Misericordia University as part of the Watermark Community. With Planning & Self-Study and our series of assessment products, we look to support the institution’s work in fostering a positive culture of assessment without having to change its processes to accommodate the technology. With our 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 Misericordia have better-connected data and the kind of insights needed to make evidence-based decisions that improve outcomes across all levels of the institution,” said Kevin Michielsen, Watermark’s CEO.

Founded in 1924, Misericordia continues to be a broad-based liberal arts and pre-professional studies university offering superior education to those of all faiths. The University has been co-educational since the 1970s and provides a progressive student-focused environment fostered by its 138 distinguished, full-time faculty, who are dedicated to providing excellence in education. Students can choose from 38 degree programs in three Academic Colleges.

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Victoria Guzzo
Corporate Communications