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Posted on Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Survey under way assessing faculty's thoughts about University of Michigan administrators

By Kellie Woodhouse

University of Michigan's faculty governance is polling the school's thousands of faculty members on their satisfaction with university practices and administrators.

The survey solicits faculty opinions on the university including the performance of the library and police department and the role of a public university.

It also asks faculty to assess top administrators, deans and department chairs.

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University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman received positive scores on last year's faculty evaluation.

The survey opened Thursday and so far 8 percent of Ann Arbor faculty and 11 percent of faculty at U-M's Dearborn campus have participated, said John Lehman, a U-M professor and faculty senate secretary.

U-M has 7,300 faculty working at its three campuses, but the Flint campus does not participate in the survey.

Last year U-M President Mary Sue Coleman scored well on the report. With 604 faculty responding, Coleman received a 4.08 (out of a possible score of 5) for promoting the university's academic mission. Since faculty governance began the survey in 2005, Coleman hasn't received a higher score in that area.

She also received a 4.32 score for fundraising, a 3.52 score for her administrative appointments and a 2.86 score for consulting faculty before making important decisions.

The survey is expected to last about two weeks. While faculty respondents must be authenticated before participating, their answers are anonymous.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 1:06 a.m.

The Provost's Office has been trying to take over this survey from the Faculty Senate, which would destroy any confidence that the responses would be confidential. It would be very interesting to compare these results for current faculty with a survey of faculty who have recently left the University. I suspect you would get very different evaluations.


Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 8:41 p.m.

Don't really know if this will mean much as they are all members of the same mutual admiration society club. Go figure!


Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 2:09 p.m.

These are the types of college rankings needing attention