Building on Our Strengths
Students recognize and appreciate the work of faculty and staff at Mid Michigan College. In the Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction survey, students have consistently expressed the view that Mid faculty are knowledgeable in their fields. Students also recognized the work of our physical-plant staff, consistently acknowledging that the campus is well-maintained.
To ascertain employee perspectives on the campus working environment, the College used the Personal Assessment of the College Environment (PACE) questionnaire in 2009, 2011, and 2015.
The results of the 2011 PACE Survey indicated a healthy campus climate, yielding an overall 3.71 mean score (on a 4.0 scale) or what PACE defines as a high Consultative system. (2015 Results are not yet available.) When respondents were classified according to Personnel Classification at Mid, the composite ratings were as follows: Administrator (3.85), Full-time Faculty (3.65), Adjunct Faculty (3.67), Staff (3.64), and Part-time hourly Staff (3.80).
Of the 46 standard PACE questions, employees gave top scores to the following 11 items:
- The extent to which I feel my job is relevant to this institution's mission.
- The extent to which my supervisor expresses confidence in my work.
- The extent to which I am given the opportunity to be creative in my work.
- The extent to which this institution prepares students for further learning.
- The extent to which my supervisor is open to the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of everyone.
- The extent to which students receive an excellent education at this institution.
- The extent to which this institution prepares students for a career.
- The extent to which the actions of this institution reflect its mission.
- The extent to which student needs are central to what we do.
- The extent to which there is a spirit of cooperation within my work team.
- The extent to which non-teaching professional personnel meet the needs of the students.
Employee responses on the PACE survey identified the following 10 items as needing further attention:
- The extent to which I have the opportunity for advancement within this institution.
- The extent to which information is shared within this institution.
- The extent to which I am able to appropriately influence the direction of this institution.
- The extent to which this institution is appropriately organized.
- The extent to which decisions are made at the appropriate level at this institution.
- The extent to which my work is guided by clearly defined administrative processes.
- The extent to which open and ethical communication is practiced at this institution.
- The extent to which a spirit of cooperation exists at this institution.
- The extent to which institutional teams use problem-solving techniques.
- The extent to which this institution has been successful in positively motivating my performance.
In its 2014 reaffirmation report, the Higher Learning Commission commended Mid for providing multiple means for employees to have input into decisions and for its commitment to improving its valuing of employees. However, in the same report the HLC urged the College to strengthen the articulation of its freedom of expression and truth in teaching and learning and to implement, evaluate, and improve the shared governance system at Mid.
The new shared governance system has been launched but will require on-going support and evaluation. The Commission also identified the need for the College to carefully consider the ratio of full-time and adjunct faculty and to develop and implement succession planning.