SEDONA is a self-service web database program that allows faculty (or staff) to use the Internet to maintain their teaching, research, and service records. Once the database is fully populated with faculty records, administrators may use it to document accreditation information, facilitate pay-for-performance programs, and manage post-tenure reviews.
As faculty and administrators update the database from anywhere there is Internet access, reports are dynamically generated, instantly and automatically reflecting these additions and modifications.
Reporting and assessment have become a way of life in academia. Administrators are constantly examining data on a particular program or employee in order to aid in decision-making or to track progress. SEDONA was developed with this need in mind, offering fast and portable access to the basic informational elements relied upon by academic administrators. The SEDONA system relies upon faculty and staff to input data along a basic range of standard categories that are likely already being captured and tracked by an academic unit. This powerful management tool collects faculty research teaching and service records and aggregates them for reporting, evaluation, and assessment. Want to know the average number of refereed publications in your college by tenured faculty in a given department? Have the answer in seconds. What happened at the curriculum committee meeting on November 13, 1998 and who was part of the decision? Again, the answers are fast, accurate, and readily available.
SEDONA has been designed to function as a powerful, web-based management tool, designed specifically to serve the information needs of individual faculty, department chairs, deans, and even accreditation bodies, regarding faculty research, teaching, and service activities. The system is fast, stable, user-friendly, and surprisingly adaptable to organizational needs. With an affordable pricing schedule, this self-service application is positioned to fill a significant information management need among college administrators.
"I extract a lot of faculty data in order to comply with ongoing maintenance reports needs, university- level reporting, and our upcoming AACSB self study. After spending hundreds of hours developing and maintaining a number of EXCEL-based spreadsheets to tabulate research, workloads, and teaching, I discovered Sedona. Now I have all the data at my fingertips in a single database and can formulate specialized reports that were not before possible. In the first two months of use, its purchase price has been recovered many times over. I heartily recommend this product."
State University of New York - Plattsburg
"SEDONA has been a wonderful addition to our college’s assessment and continuous improvement systems. Faculty, department chairs, and staff have ready access to everything from meeting minutes to research productivity records, in addition to a range of semester and annual evaluation data. It has already made our assessment system much more dynamic and usable. We are preparing for the next AACSB maintenance visit and expect the SEDONA product to play a major role in our achieving a successful outcome."
Associate Dean, Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, Belmont University
- Sedonaweb.com is a hosted site that allows authenticated members to store information regarding faculty member teaching, research, and service activities. Using the website does not require you to enter personal information. You can visit the websites of Sedonaweb.com without revealing any personal information.
- Sedonaweb.com automatically receives and records the IP address of visitors (but not that of authenticated members) to the web site. Sedona uses this information only to determine how broadly the site is being accessed.
- Sedonaweb.com does not allow third party companies to present advertisements on any of our pages.
- Sedonaweb.com does not disclose your information to third parties, except when:.
- We have your express consent to share the information for a specified purpose;
- We need to respond to subpoenas, court orders or such other legal process;
- We need to defend the rights of Sedonaweb.com;
- We find that your actions on our websites violate the Sedonaweb.com license agreement.
- If you do not consent to your university's collection, use, or disclosure of your personal information as outlined in this policy, please do not provide any personal information to Sedonaweb.com.
Security and Backup
- Sedonaweb.com utilizes state-of-the-art technologies and procedures to protect the privacy and security of your information stored at Sedonaweb.com. In all areas of our website, as identified on the site, Sedonaweb.com uses industry-standard SSL-encryption to protect data transmissions.
- We also safeguard your personal information from unauthorized access, through access control procedures, network firewalls and physical security measures.
- Further, Sedonaweb.com retains your information only as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes identified above or as required by law.
- Sedonaweb.com has a production server and a backup server. We sync the data on our production server to our backup server - we backup the entire database every hour, every day, and every week. We archive weekly backups for at least a full year.
- All access to Sedonaweb.com requires a valid UserID and Password. For universities that want to utilze their own methods to authenticate their faculty member in Sedonaweb.com, we support LDAP, LDAPS, and CAS.
In 1995, Jon Woodroof and Terry Ward, when they were both at Middle Tennessee State University, began discussions about a database management system that could be designed to track faculty research, service, and teaching activities. The original name was "Faculty Information Management System" (FIMS). Development of a prototype began in 1996. In 2000, a prototype of FIMS was presented at the Colloquium on Change in Accounting Education, held in Sedona, Arizona. After the conference, FIMS was changed to Sedona.
Also in 2000, the SEDONA web application was first piloted at the University of Northern Colorado (thanks to Dean Joe Alexander) and the University of Tennessee (thanks to Dean Jan Williams). In January of 2003, SEDONA became a commercial product, and the first licensed University was the University of Alabama - Birmingham. A big thanks goes to Frank Messina for his willingness to take on the risk associated with being the first adopter!
SEDONA is presently licensed by hundreds of colleges and universities, both in the United States and around the world. A list of these schools can be found on the Member Schools page.