• Sarah Yecke

3 Questions with Mike Hicks – Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts

One thing we’ve noticed over the years is that people in higher education like to help each other, collaborate, and share details about what they are working on. That spirit extends to the wonderful community of InfoReady administrators we work with. With those ideals in mind, we posed the three questions below to the InfoReady listserv members.

Mike Hicks, Grant Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at Purdue University, was gracious enough to share how InfoReady impacts his daily work.

1) Introduce yourself, describe a program or opportunity you are managing in InfoReady.

  • Name: Mike Hicks

  • Role: Grant Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University.

  • Programs managed in InfoReady:

  • Conference travel and research for both faculty and grad students, called ASPIRE and PROMISE respectively.

  • Tiered grants, so they come in different amounts for domestic travel/research versus international endeavors.

  • Tiers are slightly more for faculty, and each of CLA’s 10 departments gets an allocation for the fiscal year.

2) Why is the program important and how does it impact your institution?

  • The goal of the ASPIRE program is to supplement existing departmental travel funds, faculty start-up funds or other research funds in order to increase those opportunities for our faculty. PROMISE promotes research opportunities to maximize innovation and scholarly excellence in graduate education.

  • InfoReady helps us track spending for each department, for faculty and grad students separately.

  • I have set up 10 separate links for faculty, and 10 more separate links for grad students.

  • As each person applies for funding, I’m able to see, at a glance, information about the person, as well as their needs, and their plans for the money.

3) What are 3 ways that InfoReady has helped manage the process?

  • Faculty are required to get approval from their department head and the Associate Dean for Research, and students need approval from their Advisor, Grad Director, and the ADR. (InfoReady note: Mike accomplishes this using Applicant-Driven Routing Steps.)

  • We track who asked, how much they requested, when, and whether they were approved. If they are not approved, we note why not.

  • We are able to generate reports from every competition we put in InfoReady. For most programs we are able to generate spreadsheets for ratings and rankings.

BONUS: InfoReady Support Team

  • In addition to all the great features offered by InfoReady, their support team has been invaluable to me as the main creator of competitions in the system.

  • Answers to my questions are always quick and thorough. I can’t get over how fully the team has learned their tool and how well they can teach on the fly!

  • InfoReady is one of the most user-friendly tools I’ve had the pleasure to learn. I’m still learning, too… 😊

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