FAIR, Faculty Academic Information Reporting, the universitywide curriculum vitae (CV) database, has a new face.
Kristi Rodgers, a data coordinator in the Office of Integrated Planning and Space Management, inherited the project, spearheaded by former MUSC provost John Raymond, M.D., in 2008, from Frances Glanville, administrative manager, and Carol Boyer, business analyst. Rodgers said she hasn't seen software this remarkable and user-friendly in years.
"The time FAIR will save university staff and faculty is beyond measure. With everyone on board, we will be able to create reports needed for surveys and statistics, grants and other moneys in mere hours, if not minutes, instead of months."
Glanville agreed. "It's a one-stop-shop. FAIR can be used for marketing, the faculty directory, grants support and annual reports."
Rodgers has taken on this project, as well as keeping some of her other duties, such as survey creation and scannable exam grading. "Without funding and accreditation, we have no jobs," she said. "We don't want to get left behind financially or statistically, especially in this economy."
The policy, written and approved by Mark Sothmann, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs and provost, and the dean's council, is available at http://www.musc.edu/fair. Once all the CVs have been entered, updates are expected to occur at least every six months. The reports generated from the information entered help the university's standing, especially in the race for future funding and accreditation.
John Feussner, M.D., Distinguished University Professor and executive senior associate dean for clinical affairs, said the initial data entry and proofing processes can be somewhat time consuming. "Once that process is complete, the time and effort saved across the institution more than compensates for that initial effort. Having CV data available centrally greatly reduces the administrative load for numerous projects at all levels of the institution."
All faculty will be required to enter CVs by March 31, 2012. The data standards will be completed soon and posted on the website. Training and assistance also will be available from Rodgers. The training schedule for FAIR, starting in November, will be announced in broadcast messages. The schedule will also be available at http://www.musc.edu/fair. Currently, Rodgers is recording tutorials with Tegrity that will be available on demand.
As with any data entry, following the standard formatting is, of course, crucial, said Boyer. "As long as everyone follows the easy guidelines, the data will work for us," Boyer said.