Implementation of Faculty E-Portfolios

Topics: Promotion and Tenure Policies, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs

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Summary

Colleges and universities utilize e-portfolio systems to better organize and more easily access faculty information and accomplishments. E-portfolios provide a centralized location for faculty information where administrators and faculty can pull specific information depending on the desired assessment or report.

This brief outlines the applications and implementation of faculty e-portfolio systems at six large research universities.

  • Key observations from our research:


    1. Institutions rely on faculty e-portfolios for annual reviews, accreditation reports, tenure and promotion purposes, CV creation, and maintenance of faculty pages on websites.

    2. Administrators implement e-portfolio systems to better organize and access faculty information.

    3. Most profiled institutions with homegrown systems seek to transition to vendor-built systems that provide greater increased data extraction capabilities.

    4. Faculty feedback prior to implementation is essential for successful transitions from paper to e-portfolio systems.

    5. Faculty feedback prior to implementation is essential for successful transitions from paper to e-portfolio systems.

    6. Administrators report utilizing a system that provides a benefit to faculty (e.g. CV creation capabilities) is the most effective incentive to increase faculty compliance.