Message from President LeBlanc

Comprehensive Culture Assessment

September 27, 2018

Dear faculty and staff,

Next month, we will kick off a critical phase of the university’s strategic initiative on institutional culture: a comprehensive assessment of our culture by faculty and staff. I ask that you mark your calendars for October 15, when you will receive an electronic survey that should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.

This is the first time in memory that the university has conducted a university-wide survey of faculty and staff. While we regularly survey students, we have no comprehensive data about the experience of working at the university. This survey will help fill that gap and provide a baseline against which to measure our efforts to improve the university’s culture. The survey will be anonymous and will be conducted by an independent third party, the Disney Institute, which has extensive experience working with institutions to assess their culture.

You will have two weeks to complete the survey. The results will then be analyzed and issues identified in the survey will be further explored through in-person interviews with faculty and staff.  The Disney Institute will conduct the interviews on behalf of the university to maintain confidentiality of the feedback provided.

The Disney Institute will analyze the results of the survey and the findings from interviews and develop a diagnosis that we will share with the university community. These findings will guide the university’s development of a data-driven action plan for how we will work together to create a culture that best serves the needs of our students, faculty and staff and creates an environment where all members of our community feel connected to the university.

It is an ambitious effort that will only work if all of us participate. Thank you in advance for your involvement in this critical effort.

Thomas J. LeBlanc