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Administration urges employees to complete campus climate, Great Colleges to Work for surveys

by UofL Today last modified Mar 23, 2010 03:53 PM

Response to a campus climate survey issued Monday to all faculty and staff has been overwhelming, according to the Office of Academic Planning and Accountability.

Only 24 hours after the survey was issued, they report that more than 17 percent of invited employees had responded, said Bob Goldstein, associate provost for academic accountability, institutional research and effectiveness.

The response is about double the expected 24-hour response rate, he said.

"Frankly, we are surprised by the response so far," Goldstein said. "It's been terrific. But we need many more people to respond. The more responses, the more reliable the data and the more useful it will be to the university."

Goldstein also is encouraged by the number of respondents who submitted comments on the survey.

"We want to hear from people about their concerns or suggested changes," he said. 

The work/campus climate survey actually is a compilation of three surveys and was developed by UofL's Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE), Great Places to Work initiative, Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), Faculty Senate Part-Time Faculty Committee and the Office of Academic Planning and Accountability. It was distributed to all employees except for 600 employees selected at random to participate in a similar survey conducted by The Chronicle's Great Colleges to Work For program.

Although the final work/campus climate survey is long -- average response time is about 15 minutes -- the combination helped reduce duplication and the time burden on faculty and staff, Goldstein said.

"We figured one 15-minute survey was better than three 10-minute surveys," he said.

Goldstein encourages faculty and staff to respond to the surveys as soon as possible. Periodic reminders to the campus community will be sent up to the April 30 deadline.

Faculty and staff who did not receive the survey should check their spam filters. If they do not find it there, they should contact Emily Noonan, Office of Academic Planning and Accountability, via e-mail or by telephone at 852-5095.

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