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July 17, 2017

Message from President Haynes:

In spring 2017 CSUSM participated in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For® survey, to gather input and assess our progress towards enhancing a positive campus climate. I’m pleased to share that our overall result for the survey was a 70 percent satisfaction rate – up 3 points from 2014, showing positive progress. However, the Honor Roll benchmark for this year’s survey is 77 percent. While we are near the benchmark and the results showcase many of our successes as an organization, there is still work to do.  We will incorporate the feedback from this year’s survey as we continue the process of creating the best workplace possible. To review the overall survey results and trend data, please visit our Great Colleges Website.

Over the next few weeks, each vice president will receive their division’s results and in the fall we will provide a full overview of results, themes and next steps. In addition, we will create an opportunity to engage in conversations regarding the results.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. Campus climate is one of our most important assets and I look forward to our ongoing work to ensure that all CSUSM employees have an outstanding workplace experience.

Sincerely,
Karen S. Haynes, Ph.D.
President

February 2, 2017

Message from President Haynes:

Last fall, the Campus Culture Work Group solicited your comments via town hall meetings and an online form regarding the CSUSM Culture: Working Together document. The document was developed in response to feedback from the Great Colleges to Work For Survey.

With your input, The Campus Culture Work Group recently provided me with a recommendation that is representative of the culture towards which we aspire and reflective of our shared values of intellectual engagement, community, integrity, innovation, and inclusiveness.

I accepted the Work Group’s recommendation of the CSUSM Culture: Working Together document and it is now posted on our University website next to our Mission, Vision and Values. Because we developed this document together through an inclusive process, I know it will serve as a solid foundation for how we engage and work with one another moving forward.

Thank you to the Campus Culture Work Group for having candid conversations and listening to our campus community. I have charged them with identifying next steps for the implementation of the document.

I also thank all of you for your on-going efforts and feedback in support of our campus culture. You truly make CSUSM a Great Place to Work.

Sincerely,
Karen S. Haynes, President



October 3, 2016

Message from the Executive Council:

In support of our Strategic Priority, Campus Climate, and as a step toward responding to concerns raised in the Great Colleges to Work For Survey, we invite you to participate in upcoming conversations about advancing a collegial working environment.

The Campus Culture Work Group developed a draft document, Working Together, which aims to reflect CSUSM’s shared values of engagement, community, integrity, innovation and inclusiveness. This document will serve as a starting point for identifying norms for how we engage with one another. The Work Group will gather feedback through town halls and a website to give the entire campus community opportunities to provide input, which will be used in shaping the final document.

The document and online feedback form are available through the Great Colleges Website, and two town halls have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 13, 12-12:50 p.m., University Hall 100
  • Tuesday, October 18, 12-12:50 p.m., Markstein Hall 104

As our campus continues to grow and evolve, it is vital to reflect and be mindful of our history, while continuing to look ahead. We thank you in advance for sharing in this process and providing your input.

Sincerely,

CSUSM Executive Council

Karen S. Haynes, President

Graham Oberem, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Linda Hawk, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Lorena Checa, Vice President for Student Affairs

Neal Hoss, Vice President for University Advancement

Patricia Prado-Olmos, Vice President for Community Engagement

Matt Ceppi, Chief of Staff


November 16, 2015

Message from the Executive Council:

Last December President Haynes appointed a task force of faculty, staff and administrators to serve as an advisory body to the Executive Council. The task force was charged with reviewing the results from the Great College to Work For survey through the lens of the Cal State San Marcos Culture of Leadership, and making recommendations to the Executive Council to address the data at an institutional level. The task force completed its charge and submitted its report to the Executive Council last month. The Executive Council has reviewed and discussed the complete report and has accepted all five recommendations presented by the task force. The complete task force report can be found on the Great College to Work For website.

Below are the task force recommendations and our next steps in the process.

Compensation & Benefits

1. Develop a Total Compensation Philosophy for the university that includes considerations for appropriate market medians, internal and external equity, workload, performance and merit based adjustments, and our geographical location. Conduct an equity assessment for all employees using both internal and external benchmarks (along with other Total Compensation Philosophy provisions), and ensure fiscal resources are allocated in order to remedy inequities.

2. Develop a total compensation tool for all employees, reflecting industry benchmarks, which considers salary, benefits and retirement.

Executive Council has charged Travis Gregory, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, and Michelle Hunt. Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs, to implement both of these recommendations.

Talent Development & Management

3. Develop leadership training courses/tracts based on CSUSM’s Culture of Leadership principles and values for all personnel directing the work of others. Training needs to emphasize communication strategies that promote transparency and employee inclusion in the decision-making process. Training should also include, as appropriate, a recognition and rewards section covering compensation, in-range salary progression, reclassification, and bonuses, in order to support the employees they supervise. Training will be completed by all existing and newly appointed personnel in leadership roles within a specified timeframe.

4. Provide a comprehensive university-wide plan for talent development committed to career advancement and leadership enhancement.

Executive Council is charging a cross-functional work group to develop the deliverables outlined in these recommendations.

Civility & Respect

5. To promote and improve civility on campus, develop processes aimed at addressing issues of professional misconduct not addressed by legal or contractual avenues. Highlight and strengthen existing resources to the campus community.

Executive Council is also charging the same cross-functional work group to develop the action steps required to implement this recommendation. Executive Council is also tasking the work group to assess and highlight our ombuds services as part of this plan.

In addition to the task force recommendations, each division developed an action plan to address opportunities for improvement within their areas. The division action plans as well as each division’s progress to date may be found on the Great College to Work For Website: Division Action Plans.

The task force recommended and Executive Council concurred that CSUSM will plan to participate in the Great College to Work For survey again in 2017. This will provide us with sufficient time to address the areas for improvement and take action on the recommendations. In the coming months we will provide updates on implementation of the recommendations as well as other ways we have used the data from the Great College to Work For survey to continue to improve our workplace.

While achieving recognition as a Great College to Work For is an accolade we can all take pride in achieving, of even greater importance is how we are using the survey data to continue to better our workplace. It is our commitment to the ideals of the Cal State San Marcos Culture of Leadership as well as a commitment to continuous improvement that make CSUSM a Great College to Work For.

Sincerely,

CSUSM Executive Council

Karen S. Haynes, President

Graham Oberem, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Linda Hawk, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Lorena Meza, Vice President for Student Affairs

Neal Hoss, Vice President for University Advancement

Patricia Prado-Olmos, Vice President for Community Engagement

Matt Ceppi, Chief of Staff

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