Enhancing the UO's workplace culture

As a public research university dedicated to discovery, instruction, and service to improve society, the University of Oregon is committed to fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful environment in which everyone can thrive and succeed. 

In support of this commitment, the university is working to address culture and climate issues identified by the IDEAL Climate Survey of UO Employees conducted by independent consultant, Gallup, in April of 2022. The work is focused on individual, unit-based, structural, cultural, and institutional factors that can further foster an inclusive campus culture.

Unit-level progress

Following a February workshop with Gallup, deans and vice presidents are sharing unit-level survey results to allow the leaders in schools, colleges, and divisions to engage in productive and helpful conversations with their faculty, staff, and graduate employees about what’s working and what needs improvement, and how to make progress addressing the campus climate survey’s findings. 

For questions about this process, please contact your Vice President or Dean’s Office 

University-wide progress

Four university-wide working groups are working in parallel with and in support of the unit-level efforts with tools, programs, and potential policy changes.  

These workgroups are charged with

Work to Date 

The university conducted the IDEAL Campus Climate Survey of Employees from April 11-29, 2022. Gallup, which administered the survey, presented results to campus leadership, who later shared a message noting campus-wide themes that emerged. Initial University-wide results  

Over summer the analysis committee and action planning committee reviewed results and work with university leaders, who then formed four working groups and released additional university-wide results. University-wide results  

In the fall, four working groups were created to support a framework for university-wide progress and began addressing four areas of priority and importance that emerged from the survey’s findings. A meeting with deans and vice presidents was held December to discuss the rollout among divisions and units, and a workshop in February with Gallup.

What’s next 

University leaders, supervisors, faculty, staff and graduate employees will work together to help shape the university’s progress and improve our campus culture. Each vice president and dean is expected to communicate by Spring Break their plan for engaging their employees in review of data applicable to the unit in which they work. This initial engagement is expected to take place by the end of spring term. All employees will be asked to participate in action planning, which will continue through the summer, in some divisions, and into next fall.

Survey results will be further analyzed so that they can be addressed through targeted interventions within units. 

University-wide working groups will continue their actions plans and supporting units.

University Climate Survey Communications 

March 8, 2022 - Announcement of UO IDEAL Climate Survey 

April 11, 2022 - Survey Invitation 

April 29, 2022 - More than 55 percent of University of Oregon employees participated 

June 14, 2022 - Initial Results of Climate Survey 

November 16, 2022 - Improve our campus culture – four workgroups 

December 5, 2022 - HR Employee Engagement 

December 6, 2022 - Presentation to the UO Board of Trustees  

February 22, 2023 - Next Stage of improving campus culture