CSW Asking Employees to Take Survey on Professional Development

CSW Asking Employees to Take Survey on Professional Development

By University Communications
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The Commission on the Status of Women wants to know how University of Arizona employees feel about their professional development opportunities.

To that end, the group has created an online survey and is asking UA employees to take about 10 minutes to respond to a short list of questions.

(The survey is available here: Professional Development Survey. Siga el siguiente enlace para tomar la encuesta en español: Encuesta Relacionada al Desarrollo Profesional.)

CSW equity subcommittee member Jill Ramirez, UA coordinator for sustainability education in the Residential Education unit in Residence Life, said the six-member subcommittee worked with University Information Technology Services, the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council, the Staff Advisory Council and the Division of Human Resources to develop the survey.

CSW is trying to determine whether employees are participating in professional development. UA policy states that all benefit-eligible employees shall be provided at least 16 hours of paid release time annually to pursue professional development opportunities. Release time is to be be prorated for those with less than full-time appointments.

"Anecdotally, we found that this is not always the case with everyone," Ramirez said. "We realized that until we knew for sure that there was a problem, we didn't want to assume anything."

The survey results will be used in deciding whether to promote professional development opportunities.

"We hope this survey will inform our path moving forward," Ramirez said. "If we find that everyone is getting enough professional development, we'll move on to another program. But we suspect that's not the case."

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