Unclassified Staff Advisory Council

Annual Report of the Chair
2011 - 2012

David Bringhurst

2011/12 has been a busy year for USAC. The following is a list of some of our accomplishments:

    • Submitted updated Charter and new set of bylaws for Administrative approval
    • Conducted Staff Town Hall (May 2, 2012) to discuss progress on 2008 staff survey and re-launch initiatives to address recommendations resulting from that survey
    • Planned two Staff Development Days (July 22, 2011 and November 30, 2011)
    • Worked with administration in the process to create a new evaluation tool
    • Got President and Provost to publicly re-affirm the annual performance review requirement
    • Continue to work with administration to encourage staff evaluation of supervisors and address other leadership and professional development initiatives for staff
    • We Serve U participation in Big Read (November 9, 2011), Boxtops for Education
    • Managed President’s Awards for Excellence process
    • Successfully elected new members
    • Successfully elected  new Chair-elect in wake of Chair-elect’s resignation
    • Participated in two OSCHE meetings
    • Closely followed the development of the Mission-Driven Budget allocation model
    • Publicly commended administration for last year’s raise
    • Publicly communicated to staff about benefits changes
    • Participated in HR’s “Benefits 101” initiative
    • Participated in Provost review process
    • Established a new e-mail repository for staff comments
    • Created new process for communicating with unclassified staff (w/ help of C&M)
    • Met with the administration about campus safety in the aftermath of the events at Penn State. Nothing has been discussed since that meeting in late November / early December.
    • Began discussions about a university advisory council
    • Brought issue of the lack of communication when Wright Way Policy manual is updated to the administration. No resolution.
    • Drafted and discussed bereavement leave policy. Determined not to pursue this since few universities have such a policy.
    • Several other CBES initiatives are in process including policies for calamity days, telecommuting, workload, separation rights


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