Great Colleges Survey

March 12, 2015

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Eastern’s commitment to excellence is crucial to our future success. Reflecting that commitment, we have decided to participate in the 2015 Great Colleges to Work For program sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The data we receive as a result of our participation will be helpful as we work together to create the best workplace possible. The findings will be useful in our strategic planning process and in helping to gather important information from our faculty and staff about what is working well, and to learn about areas that may need attention. We will benefit from the program’s nationally-normed benchmark data, as well as evaluating the data from the perspective of the results of our previous participation in the Great Colleges survey.

The key element of the Great Colleges program is an employee survey distributed to a sample of each institution’s full-time Faculty, Administrators, Exempt and Non-exempt Staff. The survey was designed specifically for higher education. The Chronicle's Great Colleges program does not include Part-time Lecturers for four-year colleges (it does include them for community colleges).

Next Monday, March 16, the survey will be distributed to a random selection of our employees. If you are included in the random sample of employees, you will receive an invitation via email encouraging you to take part in the survey.

If you receive the invitation, please take the time to complete the survey. It will take approximately 20 minutes. The results of the survey will be factored into the overall scoring process that will ultimately determine the institutions recognized.

This is a confidential and anonymous survey that measures the strength of certain organizational competencies and relationships that most directly impact and influence an institution’s culture. Your participation and honest feedback are critical to the assessment process. A high response rate helps ensure accurate results and demonstrates the commitment of our workforce.

To ensure confidentiality, the survey will be administered and processed by ModernThink LLC, a research and consulting firm focusing on workplace excellence. Our institution will not be given any information that would enable us to identify the survey results of any one individual.

After The Chronicle publishes the findings this July, our institution will receive a report, in August, which summarizes responses to the survey questions. We will share that summary with the University community.

Should you have any questions, please contact David Turner, vice president of university human resources, at 734-487-9733 or by email at, or visit

Please join me as we continue the process of creating the best workplace possible.

Susan Martin