Watermark Welcomes Texas State University to Help Support the Use of Student Feedback Data for Institutional Improvement Efforts
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NEW YORK— 2020 – Watermark, the largest provider of educational intelligence solutions for higher ed worldwide, is pleased to welcome one of its newest institutional partners, Texas State University, located in San Marcos, TX. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the institution selected Watermark’s enterprise course evaluation and institutional survey solution for campus-wide use across all courses.
With a focus on improving the quality of its programs, effectiveness of curriculum, as well as accreditation reporting, Texas State will use Watermark to streamline the process of capturing student feedback across the institution at different points in time. By centralizing and automating information-rich reporting, both faculty and administrators will have the actionable data needed to monitor quality and make real-time decisions that improve teaching and learning. Specifically, the institution will enjoy the key benefits of:
- Improved Quality of Evaluative Data: Moving to Watermark’s course evaluation survey automates data collection and calculation, and improves data quality and integrity with timely access for faculty and departments. Campus-wide data will also improve through the use of standardized questions allowing for meaningful comparisons of data.
- Consolidated Processes and Better Integration: In addition to consolidating a variety of methods for aggregating and analyzing evaluative data, Watermark integrates with existing systems at Texas State, including its Learning Management System — Canvas — which will allow the University to better leverage its ongoing technological investments and have the kind of information that will help inform planning, improve curriculum, and drive quality at all levels.
As the only course evaluation and survey solution designed for education, EvaluationKIT by Watermark supports turnkey integrations with all leading LMSs, including Canvas, allowing key institutional data to be imported to automate and streamline the survey process while supporting increased communication with students.
“We’re a very large institution and need to deploy course evaluations seamlessly to students across campus. With Watermark’s deep Canvas integration, we’ll be able to do that and look forward to increased response rates and better quality data. We’ll look to compare results from instructors and courses against specific grouped data, access longitudinal reporting to view results over time, and capture operational reporting to identify areas for improvement – the kinds of information that will help inform planning, improve curriculum, and drive quality at all levels,” said at Texas State University.
“We’re honored to support the quality improvement efforts for an institution like Texas State University. We look forward to providing an increased level of student feedback and better insight into course effectiveness in order to streamline processes for making curricular improvements. 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 to teaching and learning,” commented Matt Bartel, Watermark’s Chief Product Officer.
Founded in 1899, Texas State University is a doctoral-granting, student-centered institution dedicated to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, creative expression, and service. Texas State University serves over 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offers more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs — from biology to music to business to geography and more. The University strives to create new knowledge, to embrace a diversity of people and ideas, and to foster cultural and economic development.