Faculty Senate Evaluation of Administrative Offices

October, 2007

In the spring 2007 semester, the Senate Executive Committee began an evaluation of administrative offices.  The evaluation consisted of two phases.  In the first phase, faculty and instructional academic staff were asked to respond to three questions:  1) What would you like to see more of? 2) What would you like to see less of? and 3) What should stay the same?  Respondents were provided a list of all administrative offices included in the overall structure of UW-L.  They had the option of answering the three questions on as many or as few offices as they chose.  During the summer 2007, the SEC reviewed the responses and identified emerging themes.  These themes were shared with the respective offices.  The SEC then created questions based on the themes for six offices:  Affirmative Action & Diversity, The Office of Sponsored Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (Graduate Studies/Grants & Contracts), Human Resources, Faculty Senate, Information Technology Services, and the Office of International Education.  These offices were included as they received comments from the most respondents and had permanent leadership for at least one year.  The SEC generated questions were shared with the respective offices for their review and comment.  Offices also were encouraged to add questions if they wished.  The final survey included five to seven rating-scale type questions (anchored at 1 = strongly disagree and 5 = strongly agree) for each office. 

Respondent Characteristics

 

Percent

(N = 133)

College

CBA

CLS

SAH

 

10%

45

45

Rank

IAS – Lecturer Series

IAS – Clinical Professor Series

Assistant Professor

Associate Professor

Full Professor

 

14

3

18

32

34

Length of Employment

5 or fewer years

6 to 10 years

11 to 15 years

16 to 20 years

21 to 25 years

26 to 30 years

31 or more years

 

16

22

23

22

10

7

1

Gender

Male

Female

 

54

46

Note:  Percentages are based on those respondents who answered the question.  On each question, some respondents chose not to answer.

Faculty Senate

 

Mean (SD)

% “agree” or “strongly agree”

Faculty senate involves the entire campus on important issues.

3.71

(1.04)

71.6

Faculty senate should implement listening sessions on important issues.

3.93

(.80)

77.1

Faculty senate has an effective relationship with campus administration.

3.52

(1.04)

56.1

Faculty senate should set career limits for SEC

3.32

(1.20)

46.3

Faculty senators effectively represent their constituents.

3.12

(.90)

36.8

I have discussions with faculty senators regarding campus issues.

3.44

(1.08)

62.0

Service on faculty senate committees is valued on campus.

3.29

(1.07)

52.4

a 1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree