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Building on the Block: Climate Survey

The Charge: Create a campus culture that is truly creative and innovative by attracting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and administration and fostering an inclusive campus culture that values different backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and opinions. To strengthen our culture and improve workplace excellence, build strong internal communication, vibrant collaboration, and organizational transparency as strategic assets.

What's Happening: CC's inclusive and forward-looking campus culture will help our people do great things, each of us contributing at our highest level. In an effort to make CC a great place to work - the kind of place that encourages us and supports each of us to be our best - the campus community participated in its second climate survey. Faculty and staff completed the survey in Fall 2015 and participation was outstanding. In 2013, the campus's 64 percent participation was impressive, but in 2015, results showed a 12 percent increase with 76 percent of faculty and staff taking part in the climate survey - a benchmark of the best places of work.

President Jill Tiefenthaler noted the climate survey in her address to faculty and staff at Spring Conference 2016.

"Our results reflect that we are an industry leader in feelings of pride: being associated with this special place, and your sense of connection to our mission," said Tiefenthaler. "I could not be more pleased that we are strong and continuing to get stronger in our shared connection to this place and our mission. Those are assets that set CC apart. Out of 75 attributes that indicate an excellent work environment, CC improved our positive responses in almost every category. We saw big improvements in areas that we prioritized and in the areas that align with our strategic plan."

The areas of improvement are not a surprise, as they are places where CC has directed resources since 2013 - priorities like opportunities for professional development, and orienting and on-boarding new colleagues. The campus has improved internal communication collaboration between members of the campus community. The survey also showed the college is working toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive community, as well as making strides in becoming more transparent, with clearer and more consistent policies and procedures. "These are successes to be proud of, and I hope you are. You contributed to them," says Tiefenthaler.

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