Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.23
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Channel Islands
PA-13: Assessing Employee Satisfaction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.41 / 1.00 Scott Perez
Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Research and Sponsored Programs


Institution conducts a survey or other evaluation that allows for anonymous feedback to measure employee satisfaction and engagement. The survey or equivalent may be conducted institution-wide or may be done by individual departments or divisions. The evaluation addresses (but is not limited to) the following areas:

  • Job satisfaction

  • Learning and advancement opportunities

  • Work culture and work/life balance

The institution has a mechanism in place to address issues raised by the evaluation.


This credit applies to all institutions. 


An institution earns the maximum of 1 point available for this credit by conducting an assessment of employee satisfaction and engagement that meets the criteria outlined above and that covers all employees (directly or by representative sample). Incremental points are available based on the percentage of employees assessed. For example, an institution that regularly assesses the satisfaction of all non-academic staff (who compose two-thirds of all employees), but does not assess academic staff (who compose one-third of employees) would earn 0.67 points (two-thirds of the points available for this credit).



Report current policies and practices and on the most recent employee satisfaction and engagement evaluation conducted within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.

Sampling and Data Standards

Institutions may choose to assess employee satisfaction and engagement by administering a survey or the equivalent to a representative sample of the employee population being assessed or by surveying the entire employee population being assessed (e.g., by making the assessment mandatory).  

Institutions may report on a single assessment or on multiple assessments that target different groups (e.g., academic staff, supervisory staff, and non-supervisory staff).

An institution that conducts an assessment using a representative sample earns points based on the total population from which the sample is drawn. For example, an institution that conducts an assessment with a sample that is representative of the entire employee population would report 100 percent of employees assessed. Likewise, an institution that conducts an assessment with a sample that is representative of 50 percent of its total employee population would report 50 percent of employees assessed

An institution that conducts an assessment of an unrepresentative portion of the employee population earns points based on the actual number of employees assessed. For example, an institution that conducts a mandatory survey of all non-supervisory staff (60 percent of the total employee population) would report 60 percent of employees assessed.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.