Watermark Releases Innovative Data Integration to Streamline Institutional Improvement Efforts
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Watermark Planning & Self-Study now enables institutions to easily leverage student learning outcomes data to inform institutional planning efforts.
Watermark, a pioneer in educational intelligence, launched its newest integration this week — a direct connection between its next-generation assessment planning and measurement solutions. With this innovative data integration, users can automatically surface rubric-based assessment data from Via by Watermark in Watermark Planning & Self-Study to more easily demonstrate evidence of learning in plans and identify improvement actions.
Last summer, the company released Watermark Planning & Self-Study to help institutions more easily collect and report on assessment planning efforts across departments, programs, and colleges to meet goals for continuous improvement and accreditation. This solution was the first built on the new Watermark Platform, which features a powerful data architecture that will enable an institution to leverage its data from external sources, such as the SIS and LMS, across the platform.
Many institutions continue to struggle with disconnected data and technology systems, making it challenging both to use their data effectively and to demonstrate the meaningful improvement of student and institutional outcomes — a key requirement for accreditation.
With this data integration, an institution can more easily track where and how outcomes are being assessed, pinpoint gaps in curriculum, and identify and monitor the effectiveness of improvement actions — all while being able to generate an accreditation report from this work within a single, centralized system.
By being able to pull in assessment results collected through rubrics and align them to different planning measures, institutions can harness data that is based on the assessment of actual student work — a direct measure of learning that captures levels of achievement on specific learning outcomes. Program administrators can more quickly drill into and aggregate this data for reflection, analysis, and action planning each cycle. These assessment results are now stored directly within the assessment plan, eliminating any duplicate or manual data entry and facilitating up-to-date evidence of student learning and institutional effectiveness for accreditation.
“We want to support colleges and universities in fostering a meaningful culture of assessment and increasing engagement in improvement efforts. Part of that means streamlining the process for reporting on student learning outcomes so that you have easy access to the kind of data needed to inform improvement actions – all in one system. We’re focused on providing administrators and faculty with access to better-connected data and the insights needed to make evidence-based decisions that improve outcomes across all levels of the institution,” said Matt Bartel, Watermark’s Chief Product Officer.
In addition to Watermark Navigator, a centralized access point for users of multiple Watermark solutions, the integration between Watermark’s course evaluation and faculty activity solutions released last year, and Watermark’s recent partnership and integrations with Ellucian, this integration continues to reinforce the company’s commitment to tackling core issues around data integration on campus, supporting better reporting and analytics, and helping institutions make data-informed improvements to student and institutional outcomes.
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 which will drive meaningful improvements. Through its innovative educational intelligence system, Watermark supports institutions in developing an intentional approach to learning and development based on data they can trust.
Senior Director of Corporate Communications