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UGA Elements profile system to replace Faculty Activity Repository

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In the coming months, UGA’s Faculty Activity Repository (FAR) will be decommissioned and replaced with a new, mandatory reporting tool.

The new system, called UGA Elements, was chosen based on the recommendation of a working group of more than 50 faculty members and staff led by the Office of Academic Planning, Enterprise Information Technology Services, and the Office of the Vice President for Research, in conjunction with the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

The new software, which is currently in use at Emory University, Georgia Tech, Duke University, Cornell University, the University of Virginia and elsewhere, has a modern, more intuitive interface and improved tools for public profiling. It also supports automatic population of most publications from publication databases.

The system will become the primary source of data regarding the research, scholarship, service, awards and honors of UGA faculty. Beginning in 2016, all UGA faculty will be required to use the system to facilitate the annual performance evaluation process.

To transition to the new system, faculty should cease to update the Faculty Activity Repository by June 15, 2015. Any information that has been included in FAR will be archived for current and future migration into the new system. UGA Elements is scheduled to launch in fall 2015.

Each college and school has identified an administrative liaison as an initial point of contact for UGA Elements. The administrative liaisons may designate additional contacts for each college and school. For questions, please contact your unit’s administrative liaison. A list of administrative liaisons is available at: http://elements.uga.edu/contact.

More information about UGA Elements will be forthcoming and posted at: http://elements.uga.edu.