During Spring semester 2017, a committee of 18 faculty from across all five schools met to discuss the possibility of transitioning the ARPT (Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure) process from paper to a digital tool.
In our first meeting, we discussed the specific needs our departmental PRCs (Peer Review Committees) had, what features a digital tool would need to have, and what challenges we might anticipate. You can read minutes from that first meeting below.
In our subsequent meetings, we considered the online platform provided by “Interfolio” (https://www.interfolio.com/). Interfolio is an outside provider whose platform is specifically designed for Academic Institutions. We determined that Interfolio’s platform includes important features for us, including ease of use, committee control of security settings, an ability to solicit and keep confidential outside letters, and flexible templates that each PRC can customize to their standards. We determined, therefore, that Interfolio would work for us. You can read minutes from those meetings & information about Interfolio below.
In order to best accommodate each PRC’s needs, we determined that some committees who choose to can start using Interfolio this Fall 2017. All PRCs will need to start using it with Fall 2018. There will be ample training and help for PRCs and applicants.
Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Minutes from first meeting here
Minutes from second meetings here
Power point about Interfolio here