Senior officers to use 360-degree survey

Academic leaders to have six-year comprehensive review 

October 3, 2017

Central Michigan University's Human Resources team has developed a 360-degree assessment for senior officers in conjunction with Academic Effectiveness, faculty member Terry Beehr, and with support from the Shared Governance and Communications Committee.

The process will support the continued growth of senior officers, giving them feedback every three years on their leadership behaviors as perceived by others.

The electronic assessment tool will measure the degree to which each senior officer demonstrates CMU's Leadership Standards, which advance:

      • Team building.
      • Communicating thoughtfully and openly.
      • Being service oriented.
      • Being proactive, responsible and accountable.
      • Being courageous and effective.
      • Focusing on students and showing passion for CMU.

 Lori Hella, associate vice president of Human Resources, said the assessment will increase self-awareness and be used for leadership development. The effort is endorsed by President George E. Ross, Provost Michael Gealt and the president's cabinet. The process will start this academic year with the deans and cabinet members.

All faculty and staff within a senior officer's college, division or unit will have the opportunity to complete the assessment. Peers and the leaders' supervisors will complete the survey, and each senior officer will do a self-assessment.

The assessment is in addition to the senior officers' annual performance reviews.

In a related effort, Gealt is launching a comprehensive six-year review for academic senior officers, including deans. This new process also reflects input from the SGCC.

In the case of deans, the review will include input gathered from faculty, staff and students; a self-evaluation; and a feedback meeting with an ad hoc review committee. The latter is composed of four faculty, a staff member, a student, a department chair and a representative from outside the college.

Christi Brookes, SGCC faculty co-chair the past five years, said development of a comprehensive senior officer evaluation system has been one of the committee's primary goals since its inception.

"It took a lot of time to gather models, discuss them with all concerned parties, and then tailor effective processes and tools to our campus and culture," Brookes said. "I am pleased we have arrived at a thoughtful process that includes voices from senior officers' direct reports, including faculty. This is a big step forward for our campus, and it makes our community a better one."