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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Outcomes of the 2017 UMN Employee Engagement survey in CLA

The University conducted its employee engagement survey originally in 2014. The survey was offered again in 2015. After a one-year hiatus to allow some time for units to respond to the results of the 2015 survey, another iteration of the survey was administered in 2017. Survey results are available and the college level and, where there were at least 5 faculty or staff respondents, at the unit level as well.  I understand and appreciate the problems identified by faculty and staff with the survey instrument. Still, the survey can be used to glean some insights for follow-up action.

Update on the Compact process for fiscal year 2019

As I reported in an earlier post, the Compact process this year presented CLA with the task of finding $1.9 million dollars to put on the table for reallocation. These dollars are used to resolve budget imbalances within the University of Minnesota System.

In previous years, the process also allowed colleges to request investments. For example, CLA has received support for its Career Readiness Initiative, for improvements in graduate student stipends, and for faculty cluster hires, among other items, in prior rounds of the Compact process. For this coming year, however, colleges were not asked to provide investment requests given the need to resolve budget issues around the System.