Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

2010 Faculty and Staff Survey

01/05/10 

Dear Loyola Community,

This month, Loyola will conduct its second University-wide faculty and staff survey. You may recall that we held our first opinion survey in the fall of 2007, and, at that time, determined it would be helpful to revisit the survey roughly every two years as a way to gauge our progress and maintain our direction.

Following the first survey, we identified two over-arching areas of improvement for the University:

Pay and Benefits
In the past two years, we’ve implemented a number of initiatives to address pay and benefits, including an analysis of our pay and benefit offerings. We’ve also conducted focus groups to better understand faculty and staff concerns related to pay and benefits. Recently, we introduced total compensation statements for each employee. These statements provided each Loyolan with a personalized statement of the total value of their benefits and compensation. We have also been able to provide moderate salary increases and maintain benefit programs throughout some difficult times in the world economy, most significantly during this past year’s economic downturn.

Senior Leadership Communication
On the communications side, we listened to your feedback and each member of my cabinet was asked to increase the flow of communication within his or her division. Most importantly, during the strategic planning process, we solicited your input on the University’s direction through town hall meetings and encouraged your comments and edits to several drafts of the new strategic plan, as well as to the “Transformative Education in the Jesuit Tradition” document. We have also re-committed ourselves, as an institution, to making senior leadership accessible at a number of events throughout the year, including my State of the University addresses, Pizza with the President events, Chapel Lecture Series programs, Commencement, etc.

While these are just a few of the things we’ve focused on at the University level, each division or school within Loyola has also been busy implementing action plans to address the areas of improvement identified within their group.

As with the 2007 survey, the 2010 survey is designed to gauge the opinions of faculty and staff about the workplace. We are also looking forward to historical mapping—comparing the 2007 survey results against this year’s findings—in order to identify solid metrics against which we can measure our progress. The survey will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete and will cover areas such as development, leadership, mission, benefits, and teamwork.

To ensure objectivity, we have commissioned Towers Perrin-International Survey Research (TP-ISR) to administer the survey. As was the case in 2007, the entire survey process will be totally confidential. All surveys will be returned directly to TP-ISR for tabulation. No one at Loyola will see any individually completed surveys. Only statistical summaries of the results for various employee groups will be reported, ensuring that no individuals will be identified by their responses. We hope this gives you the freedom to be candid in sharing your thoughts and perceptions.

On Tuesday, January 19, all full-time faculty and full- and part-time staff members will receive an e-mail message from TP-ISR. This message will contain instructions on how to access the survey. Your survey must be submitted by January 29 to be included in the process.

Results of the survey are expected by the end of March, at which time we will report on key University-wide findings. Using these results, we will develop University-wide divisional action plans for the next few years. Each division and school will also report on their individual group’s findings. 

Thank you in advance for making this survey a priority and for your participation in it. In 2007, we achieved a participation rate of nearly 70 percent, and we hope to see that number increase this year. Please remember that a high participation rate will produce the most accurate findings, and thus make our new action plans more targeted and meaningful. I look forward to your thoughtful and honest feedback.
 
Sincerely,

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President, Loyola University Chicago