Activity Field Types

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The following table shows the available field types in Faculty Success. You can add Help Buttons, which open a pop-up window with content written by your institution, to any field. We cannot add Help Buttons to the Main Menu or to summary screens.

Field Types in Alphabetical Order

Field Type Usage Example Data Stored/Purpose
Checkbox List mceclip7.png
  • Qualifications
  • Area(s) of expertise
Boxes that are selected or cleared to turn a value on or off. You can select more than one value. For more information, see Checkboxes and Drop-Down Lists.
Checkbox, Single
  • Confirm your record
  • Display in directory
A box that is selected or cleared to turn a value on or off. For more information, see Checkboxes and Drop-Down Lists
  • Date of hire
  • Date of tenure
  • Date published
A combination of month, day, term, or year fields. The Date field enables users to enter a date by picking the month or term from a drop-down list, and/or typing the day and year into a text box with validation rules. For more information, see Date Fields.
Drop-Down List mceclip6.png
  • Department
  • Classification
  • Position/rank
  • Academic term
List of predefined values from which users can select only one value. The drop-down list ensures data integrity and consistency, and limits input values to those designated by your campus. All drop down lists have type ahead functionality available, allowing users to see a list of pre-defined options as they input data. For more information, see Checkboxes and Drop-Down Lists.
Dynamic Sub-Answer (DSA) mceclip5.png
  • Associating multiple contributors with intellectual contribution records
  • Associating multiple intellectual contributions with grant records
Enables user to create multiple sub-records within a record. Enables users to associate one record with multiple sub-records. For more information, see Dynamic Sub-Answers (DSAs).
Numeric mceclip3.png
  • Credit hours
  • Number of undergraduate students advised
  • Teaching workload percentage
Numerical values with validation rules: integers, decimals, percentages or currency.
Phone Number mceclip1.png Stores integers in a phone number format.
Radio Button
  • Compliance options for Conflict of Interest screens
  • Fields with a Likert scale response
Selects the text of the field label as the response for the record. Mutually Exclusive of other response options.
Record Reference mceclip9.png
  • Associate users' intellectual contributions with presentations
  • Associate user-defined goals with objectives
List of records entered by the user in another screen from which the user can select only one value. You can choose to display values from one or more fields within this reference drop-down field. Creates an association between two records. For more information, see Record Reference.
Store File mceclip2.png
  • Photographs
  • Syllabi
  • Full-texts of intellectual contributions
  • Presentation files
Store a file to supplement activity data. Creates a central repository of files related to teaching, research and service.
Text Area
  • Brief biography
  • Description of pedagogical innovations
  • Brief description of responsibilities
Multiple lines of up to 20,000 characters. (See below for more information on character limits)
Text Box
  • Title of article
  • Course names
  • Sponsoring organization
  • Web address
Single line of characters.
  • Course time
  • Office hours
Stores integers in a time format.
User Reference mceclip8.png
  • Authors
  • Presenters
  • Instructors
  • Inventors
Search box of your instrument's user accounts. Should specify whether the creator of the record or all users associated with the record should have the ability to edit/delete the record. For additional information, see User Reference.
Yes/No mceclip10.png
  • Course Style
  • Tenure track
  • On leave
Drop-down list with yes and no values. Used to answer a yes/no field.

Character Limits

A 20,000 character limit (character, not words) is enforced on text fields within Faculty Accomplishments. You can see this by downloading the Configuration Report and looking at the Max column.

You could always request to have this setting customized and choose something less than 20,000 characters through a Screen Revision work request. Keep in mind that for existing data, a field does not allow you to go beyond the text limit, so copying/pasting text into a field that exceeds the limit will fail the copy. In addition, you need to clear the field before you do a paste if you’ve hit the limit, it does not replace and then the delete, so you will hit the limit on a paste if there is text in the field and you are close to the limit.

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