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University of Iowa News Release

April 17, 2006

UI To Poll Employee Commitment In April Survey

The University of Iowa will conduct a survey of all of its nearly 14,000 employees this month in an effort to measure commitment among faculty and staff. The survey will be available online for two weeks between Monday, April 17 and Friday, April 28.

The survey, titled "Working at Iowa," will ask employees specific questions about confidence in leadership, university communications, cooperation and collaboration with colleagues, supervisor effectiveness, their commitment and other issues, says Laura Reed, director of organizational effectiveness in UI human resources.

A university-wide report will be issued this summer, including separate reports for many divisions and colleges. Data from smaller units will be collapsed into a division or college report. No individuals will be identified.

"With this survey, we hope to get a series of snapshots that can tell us how well we're doing as an organization in letting our staff and faculty know how much they contribute and in gaining their commitment," says Reed. "It's a difficult and time-consuming effort for us to conduct the survey, but we believe it is the best way for us to find out where we need to improve.

"Especially in a university setting, where our stock-in-trade is knowledge and new ideas, it is critical that we have a very strong commitment. We believe we do, but there inevitably will be areas where we could do better. This survey will tell us what those areas are," Reed says.

The survey will consist of 55 items, will take about 15 minutes to finish, and may be completed during work time. Employees without ready access to a computer will be offered an alternative.

For more information on the Working At Iowa survey, see the web site at

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