The USC Aiken Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Compliance provides confidential services to evaluate and provide feedback for the continual improvement of University administrators and personnel. Services are also provided to Search Commmittees to solicit opinions and feedback from campus constitutencies on the viability of candidates. Individuals wishing to make use of these services should contact the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Compliance.
360 DEGREE EVALUATIONS
Senior administrators and the Chancellor are reviewed using a 360 Degree evaluation survey given to the members of the administrator's immediate work circle; the evaluation occurs at alternating two and three year cycles to ensure two evaluations are completed every five years. Each administrator is reviewed by four constituencies:
- the supervisor,
- four to seven internal peers,
- all direct subordinates, and
- at least four external peers.
The chosen individuals must have familiarity with most aspects of the administrator's job, and the list must be approved by the supervisor. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Compliance contacts participants to complete an electronic review of the administrator, scores responses, and compiles qualiatative feedback to open ended questions. The results of the 360 degree feedback questionnaire are sent to the administrator and the supervisor for their review. The supervisor and administrator hold a review conference to discuss the results of the survey instrument. A summary review form is completed by the supervisor including an overall final rating of the performance for the period and agreed upon goals for the next year.
UNIT HEAD EVALUATIONS
On an annual basis, all full-time permanent faculty are invited to evaluate the performance of their Department Chair or School Dean on 21 items covering elements of academic leadership and management. Analyses are conducted to show relative strengths and perceived areas for potential improvement.
EXECUTIVE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS EVALUATION
On an annual basis, all Department Chairs, School Deans, and Direct Report Directors are provided an opportunity to evaluate the EVCAA in the areas of leadership and faculty/staff development, planning and program assessment, management of unit level operations, and relational enhancement.
ANNUAL CHANCELLOR EVALUATIONS
On an annual basis all members of the Chancellor's cabinet are provided an opportunity to evaluate the Chancellor in the areas of leadership with senior staff, ledership on campus, and leadership in the community/region.
Search Committees wishing to solicit input from campus constituents regarding candidates should contact the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Compliance to discuss open ended questions, qualities to be rated, and timeline considerations. Reports can be created to provide overall impressions to the Search Committees as well as the opinions of specific constituencies such as students, community members, faculty, administrators, alumni, and staff. The goal of such services is to provide Search Committees with varied perspectives as they deliberate on the viability of candidates.