University of Nebraska President Ted Carter and the chancellors of the universities within the NU system, including UNMC’s Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, released a letter Monday encouraging members of the university community to take part in a campus climate survey.
The survey, which will be emailed to the university community by Gallup next week, will help university leaders gain a broad assessment of strengths and opportunities in making the University of Nebraska a great place to teach, study and serve.
The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and may be done from a desktop or smartphone. It will be open for four weeks. Respondents will be asked for opinions on areas such as workplace satisfaction, diversity and inclusion and communication. Answers will be completely confidential.
A separate survey assessing students’ experience will be sent to all University of Nebraska students during the same time period.
"Ultimately, each campus will use the aggregate data to develop action plans for building a more engaging, inclusive, welcoming environment for all members of our university community," the letter said. "Where particular colleges or units show areas of strength, we may learn best practices that can be applied elsewhere. Importantly, this year’s survey will also create a baseline set of data for us that we can use for comparison in future years to assess whether the strategies we develop are making a difference.
"It is one of our highest priorities to make the University of Nebraska an outstanding place for our faculty and staff -- our greatest asset -- to work. We know there is always room to do more. We also recognize it is not enough to simply state our commitment to improvement. We must also turn our intent into action. Your voice matters in that regard, and we will rely on your feedback to help us become a stronger university."