University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

2008 Faculty Pulse Survey Results

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On the following pages, you will find detailed results from the Faculty Pulse survey. The report is divided into eight major sections:

Within each of these major sections, we identify the question sets used, present results for these question sets, and briefly interpret the results. In most cases, results are presented for the overall set of respondents and then broken down by campus. There was a tendency for faculty on the Crookston campus to report slightly less favorable responses in several of the areas. However, the sample size for the Crookston sample is small and caution must be taken in making inferences about these differences.

Executive Summary

A total of 4,392 surveys were sent out to faculty and 1,522 completed surveys were received for a response rate of 35%.

Taken as a whole, the Pulse Survey results suggest that faculty at the University of Minnesota are satisfied with a variety of features regarding their employment and the University. Across a number of indicators, results suggest that faculty respondents feel quite good about their jobs at the University.

In particular, we see some of the most favorable results in the following areas:

  • Overall job satisfaction and satisfaction with the University as an employer
  • Satisfaction with Coworkers
  • Satisfaction with Department Chair or Responsible Administrator
  • Intentions to remain at the University
  • General well-being outside of work

On several of these item sets, we see results that are near the top end of the scales, suggesting very positive results.

Despite the generally favorable results, some areas showed more moderate degrees of favorability. This is not to say that results were unfavorable, but rather when considered in the context of the overall positive results, individuals were more moderately favorable or neutral.

  • Satisfaction with pay
  • Work family conflict
  • Support from Department Chair or Responsible Administrator