By Cliff Foster
It’s been three years since all faculty and staff members were asked to participate in the Great Colleges to Work For campus climate survey to measure institutional performance and solicit ideas on how to make MSU Denver a better place to work.
In 2010, 275 institutions nationwide participated in the survey, with 97 recognized as Great Colleges to Work For. At MSU Denver, which garnered a 43 percent participation rate—18 percent over the norm, the survey revealed areas of concern, such as faculty and staff input, fairness, more inclusive communication processes and effective leadership. Those issues resulted in the University being ranked a Good College to Work For because the positives significantly outweighed the negatives.
The University responded to the 2010 survey results with a number of initiatives including including establishing the Ombuds Office, developing a new performance evaluation instrument that uses a 360 evaluation and instituting supervisory training.
“The results also served as a road map for the 2012-17 Strategic Plan: A Time of Transformation, particularly in two of the plan’s four themes: Institutional Culture and Institutional Resources,” says President Stephen Jordan.
Now it’s time for the University to once again conduct an employee survey using the same questions so that the results can be compared against the important benchmarks set in 2010. Those benchmarks will help MSU Denver determine how much progress the University has made in addressing the issues identified three years ago and whether new issues have emerged.
The 2013 survey, which is completely confidential, will be conducted March 11-17 by the management consulting firm ModernThink.
“My hope is that this time we will attain the rank of a Great College to Work For,” says Jordan. “But whether we do or not, I assure you that your voice will once again be heard.”
Myron Anderson, associate to the president for diversity and chair of a task force overseeing the 2013 survey, said the purpose is to take employees’ pulse on issues such as professional development, leadership, diversity, institutional pride, communication and collaboration, job satisfaction and more.
In addition to the employee survey, a Student Experience Survey will be conducted and compared against the one held in 2011. Some 4,000 students will be selected at random to participate in this year’s version, which will run from April 8-14. More information on that effort will be issued later.
The goal of both questionnaires is to provide information to the leadership that will make MSU Denver even a better place, or should I say Great Place, to work and learn,” Anderson says.
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