For the first time ever, the Northern Marianas College conducted a “staff climate” survey among employees to gain a measure of how satisfied they are with their jobs.
The results, however, were not made public, as these are internal documents that will be used by the college to improve its institutional effectiveness.
In a statement, the college indicated that the survey was patterned after a university in California and was initiated by the Staff Senate, through its president, Marie Coleman, who conducted the project early this year in collaboration with various departments at NMC.
“Because the members of the Staff Senate deemed the survey an internal document used for improving institutional effectiveness, they opted to share the results with the members of the staff and the management team [only],” the statement said.
The survey asked staff members about the various aspects of their jobs. The topics of the questionnaire included job satisfaction, job conditions, expectations, perception of job security, and opportunities for growth.
“This is the first survey of this kind that has been conducted at the college. And although we learned much from the survey, we have no other data from previous surveys to compare the results to,” said Coleman.
She vowed to hold the survey every year as part of the Staff Senate's effort to contribute to a culture of continuous improvement at NMC.
“We will be conducting the 'Climate Survey' every year to ensure that we can track how well the college is sustaining those areas identified in the survey as positive highlights and improving in those items identified as areas of concern,” she told Saipan Tribune.
In her email to the staff, NMC President Sharon Y. Hart thanked the Staff Senate president for her efforts.
“I would like to thank Marie for all of her efforts and leadership with this major project. The information gathered will help the college to address issues that are of major concern to the Support Staff. Plus, it also shows what we are doing right,” Hart said.