Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.69
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
PA-13: Assessing Employee Satisfaction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.51 / 1.00 Aurora Winslade
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution conducted a survey or other evaluation that allows for anonymous feedback to measure employee satisfaction and engagement during the previous three years?:

Percentage of employees assessed, directly or by representative sample:

A brief description of the institution’s methodology for evaluating employee satisfaction and engagement:

We had conducted a 2017 HERI Faculty survey, a national survey that asks about a range of topics, including faculty members' workload, stress, and views on institutional priorities. 141 faculty members responded to this survey, out of 275 full-time ranked faculty members. We plan on re-administering this survey for 2019-2020.

Some questions include:
Are your faculty using advanced pedagogy in the classroom? More so than your peer institutions?
In what areas are your faculty most satisfied? Is it different for associate professors Adjuncts?
How do your faculty view institutional priorities?
How do your faculty experience the campus climate?
Where are areas for growth and improvement?

A brief description of the mechanism(s) by which the institution addresses issues raised by the evaluation:

Swarthmore has placed a high priority on assessment for many years. Throughout our history, our periodic reviews of curricular elements such as the Honors Program, our participation in research with consortia of peer institutions, and our constant attention to the effectiveness of our work as teachers, scholars, and administrators has been part of our stewardship of the College. Throughout the strategic planning process, the importance of ongoing assessment for new initiatives as well as ongoing programs has been underscored. As the College uses its resources in the most effective ways, we must continue to instill a culture of continuous evaluation relative to our mission and goals.

Website URL where information about the employee satisfaction and engagement evaluation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

"Faculty participated in the Higher Education Research Institute's (HERI) national survey of faculty in 1989. We began participating again more regularly, beginning in 2004-05. (In that year Swarthmore coordinated with Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges to ask some overlapping questions in our optional local questions.) We have also participated in 2007-08, 2010-11, and 2013-14. Findings from these surveys have been particularly useful in our planning efforts."
The College administered the assessment in 2016-2017 and plans on doing so again within a few months (2019-2020).

Information was assembled by representatives from the Office of Sustainability.

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