In summer 2013, the university Staff Council and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness will administer the university-wide staff climate survey. The council's University Staff Survey ad hoc committee has developed this site to provide additional information about the current implementation and the intended uses of the survey.
The survey was first conducted in 2011 and is repeated every two years. Click here to access results of the 2011 survey.
The University Staff Survey is designed to provide a range of benefits to the institution and its employees, including the following:
The university Office of Institutional Research (OIR) will administer the survey, which will be distributed to all classified employees. As with other confidential university surveys conducted by OIR, staff members will use a unique code that cannot be tied to their identity to complete the survey. In the reporting of results, optional demographic information will only disseminated as aggregated data for university-wide reporting purposes. Any use of the data outside the Staff Council's biennial reporting process must be approved by the council Board of Officers and OIR.
The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) plans to set up proctored survey sessions for areas where staff do not have regular access to computers or may need other forms of assistance. Please contact the Office of Institutional Research if you wish to pursue this option for staff in your area.
The survey consists of questions incorporating both structured and open-ended formats, in addition to an optional demographic section. The first section includes use of a six-point semantic differential scale ("Strongly disagree" to "Strongly agree"). The remaining questions are formatted to solicit further information following "Yes" or "No" responses. The survey concludes with a text box for general comments. Survey questions were developed by the ad hoc committee with the guidance of Institutional Effectiveness administrators. The validity and appropriateness of the survey questions has been verified through pilot testing and through the 2011 survey implementation.
OIR will provide the initial analysis of the quantitative and qualitative responses to the survey, and the survey ad hoc committee will further summarize the survey results, giving proper weight to the whole range of responses. The committee will provide a report of their findings to the council's Board of Officers, who will make the report available to the full council, including all non-voting members (i.e., the university president, provost, assistant vice president of Human Resources, etc.) and the full university Administrative Council.
The Staff Council established the Staff Survey ad hoc committee to follow up on one of the recommendations of the Staff Retention Task Force of the University Senate, which implemented a climate survey in June 2008 as part of its information-gathering process. The task force recommended conducting a standard staff survey on a regular basis. As noted, the survey was first conducted in 2011.