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Workplace Climate Survey

The Workplace Climate Survey is a way to measure the climate of diversity and inclusiveness at UW-Extension with regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, religious affiliation, veteran status, and other dimensions of diversity.

A welcoming, or inclusive, workplace is important in order to recruit and retain talented individuals. All employees have a better opportunity to succeed when the work environment is respectful of individual and group needs, abilities and potential.

The climate assessment project is sponsored and coordinated by the University of Wisconsin System. All 15 institutions in the UW System have or are currently conducting broad-based climate assessments led by the national research team of Rankin & Associates (R&A). Rankin & Associates specializes in multiple-identity climate assessments in higher education and has led climate assessment surveys at over 80 universities nationwide, in addition to state Extension services at Land Grant institutions, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The climate surveys throughout the UW System reflect the specific needs and concerns of the institutions where they are conducted. After each grouping of UW institutions completes surveys, the results are reported to the UW System Board of Regents.

The UW-Extension Climate survey was conducted on June 6-17th, 2011. Sue Rankin offered a presentation on October 20th to review the results of the survey. An executive summary is also available. A cross-divisional implementation team is being organized, which will review the climate survey data, identify potential action steps, communicate with staff, and coordinate the institution's response.

 

Extension Climate Study Marketing Timeline

Date

Activity

Population

Responsible

December 2010

Contact IT about possible web page

Staff

Gina

 

Check how Colleges announced the survey

Staff

Stephan

January 2011

If web page is feasible, review content from
other system sites for possible re-use

Staff

Barbara

Discuss with Provost about Deans/Directors meetings in February and March and how the directors will send invitations to employees

Dean/Directors

Gina

 

Gather sample invite emails from other campuses

Staff

Create write-ups and voice recordings for divisional newsletters and list-servs

Staff

All committee members

February 2011

Agenda item on Deans/Directors February meeting

Deans/Directors

Provost, committee member

 

Launch web page. Announcement email to employees.

Staff

March 2011

Agenda item on Deans/Directors March meeting

Deans/Directors

Provost, committee member

 Early April

Email pre-invitation

Staff

Chancellor or Provost

April 18, 2011

Email from Deans/Directors to employees

Staff

Deans/Directors

April 18, 2011

Survey Opens

All

Rankin and Associates

April 25, 2011

Second Contact / Reminder

All

Rankin and Associates

April 29, 2011

Survey Closes

All

Rankin and Associates