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The Friday Letter

The Friday Letter is U of I’s long-running, weekly message straight from the president to members of the Vandal family. Each week during the academic year, and with breaks for holidays, the president offers an update on Vandal teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and notable initiatives and priorities. Alumni and friends are welcome to join students, faculty and staff in receiving the newsletter.

Letter from the President
Office of the President |
Dec. 3, 2021
Dear Vandals,

I am constantly impressed by the quality of our people working here at the University of Idaho. Our faculty and staff go above and beyond for our students and our state. As a university, we are striving to go above and beyond to make the U of I a great place to work.

We were encouraged by many of the results of the “Great Colleges to Work For” survey this year. With more than 1,000 employees responding to the survey last spring, we have a gauge for how we’re doing as an employer.

As provost and executive vice president Torrey Lawrence communicated recently via email, U of I employees reported satisfaction with their job fit, autonomy and connection to mission. Faculty and staff wellbeing rated high, as did supervisor/department chair competencies. Our workplace quality and pride were also areas of strength.

The survey also revealed and reinforced some areas that need improvement. Respondents cited resource constraints, performance management and recognition and respect as areas where the university can do better.

These results will be used to guide our planning and decision making in the coming months and years. A steering committee will be setting university-wide goals, and each college and division will identify its own goals and an action plan for advancing toward them. Great organizations embody a culture of continuous improvement and are always evaluating and pushing to improve, even where they are already proficient.

Greatness begins at home and builds upon our foundation – our employees, students, alumni, industry partners and the support of our statewide stakeholders. The Vandal Family will never settle for simply being good, which is why I’m optimistic about our future. There is much to do, but I know as Vandals, we will rise to the challenge.

Our Great Colleges to Work For web page includes detailed results from the survey, as well as a feedback form. We welcome your input and ideas as we strive to make our university not only a great place to work but an outstanding national university known for excellence in all we do.

We are brave, we are bold.

Go Vandals!

C. Scott Green


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