By Kyle Richardson |Staff Writer|
The Faculty Senate issued a report on the Campus Climate Survey 2016 Part One and Two.
The report addressed a survey that was distributed to all employees via e-mail at CSUSB during the 2015 fall quarter.
It was to measure the organizational climate of CSUSB, with an assessment of employee morale at CSUSB and employees’ perceptions of campus leadership.
Results from 756 respondents of the survey indicate that there are “significant problems” with morale on the CSUSB campus.
According to the report, it is said that two-thirds of respondents indicated that morale had changed since their hire.
Also, nearly 90 percent indicated that “morale had gotten worse.”
The findings of part one of the morale show that 94.7 percent of the faculty think that morale has gotten worse, as 78 percent of administration agreed it has gotten worse.
In the results section of the report, “significant proportions or employees agreed with the sentiment that they would leave if they didn’t already have so much invested in the university.”
It was also stated that the employees of CSUSB have, “lost confidence in the campus leadership, reporting with their numeric ratings that top leadership has not communicated a clear direction … and held perceptions that senior management does not act with integrity.”
Many employees expressed dissatisfaction in a section of open comments.
One anonymous comment concerned the loss of family orientation on the campus.
“There was a wonderfully family-like atmosphere where all seemed supportive and despite having limited time/money for research and high teaching demands, the collegiality of the campus kept me here. In the past three years, I have noticed a considerable decline of a community-like atmosphere,” stated one employee.
“The campus climate has changed from a friendly and open communication, where once could disagree without fear of retaliation to an environment where staff and faculty are worried about speaking up,” stated another employee that commented on the campus work environment.
In part one of the report, a small number of employees indicated they like the new leadership and its direction.
In the second report, results showed that bullying appeared to be an issue on campus.
In a response to “I am optimistic about the future of my career at CSUSB,” only 48.3 percent of CSUSB employees agreed.
This week, Associated Student Incorporated (ASI) president Bryce Davis stepped down from his position as a student representative on the faculty senate.
In an e-mail sent to the “Campus Community,” Davis stated that he has experienced “bullying, disrespect, and a general disregard for the student voice on behalf of the Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee.”
Professor Treadwell Ruml, professor of English and Faculty Senate Chair, commented on Davis’ e-mail, stating that “as far as I know, none of the accusations in it against the Faculty Executive Committee are actually true.”
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