College/Division Action Plans

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In response to the 2018 UNC System Employee Engagement Survey, colleges and divisions were tasked with developing an Employee Engagement Action Plan, focusing on opportunities for improvement as identified in the survey results. The initiatives listed below are aligned with the university’s four strategic focus areas:

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Enhance Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive University
  • Professional Development: Create a Culture of Continuing Professional Development for Faculty and Staff
  • Policies, Resources and Efficiency: The Effectiveness and Efficiency of Administrative Processes
  • Institutional Pride and Employee Recognition: Enhance Institutional Pride


These four focus areas are aligned with established NC State Strategic Plan initiatives and with applicable Employee Engagement Survey core dimensions and belief statements.

Diversity and Inclusion

College of DesignConsolidated to 1 lounge (instead of separate faculty v. staff lounges)
College of SciencesHosted custom “Unconscious Bias” and "Fundamentals of Equal Opportunity and “Cultural Competency" with OIED to improve our ability to communicate and work well with people from different cultures
Division of Academic and Student AffairsDivision-wide “Coffee, Conversations, and Co-working”
LibrariesSet up an Employee Advisory Group (non-managers) to meet with and give input to the Sr. Vice Provost and Director of Libraries
LibrariesFacilitate cross-departmental sharing and engagement in each other's initiatives
Office of Information TechnologyWorking on collaboration and team-building activities, such as a book club, Women in IT group, and Habitat for Humanity
University Human ResourcesIncreased the available childcare slots from 34 to approximately 100 with lowered rates
University Human ResourcesDigitized the Wolfpack World map. Shows a great representation of the employee diversity on campus.
Wilson College of TextilesIncorporate some DEI training content into the Management Essentials
Wilson College of TextilesAdd DEI metrics into SHRA and EHRA performance evaluation work plans
Wilson College of TextilesDevelop a cultural competency pilot program
Wilson College of TextilesExpand Diversity Education Week to include faculty and staff by FY2021
Wilson College of TextilesEstablished first ever Culture Charter for the Wilson College of Textiles

Professional Development

College of DesignCreated new welcome packet for new hires
College of Design“Design Our Community” Taskforce to address issues utilizing design thinking
College of Natural ResourcesCollaborated with Textiles on orientation enhancements
College of SciencesPartnered with Learning and Organizational Development to restructure and maximize all types of meeting structures
College of Veterinary MedicineEstablishing a Community Culture Series to provide development and learning opportunities
College of Veterinary MedicineHolding an upcoming pilot workshop customized to Values Based Leadership in partnership with the Shelton Leadership Center
FacilitiesPartnered with Wake Tech to create an apprenticeship program for entry into skilled trades
FacilitiesFirst cohort of new Facilities Division Leadership Development Program
Office of Information TechnologyOffering onsite professional development training sessions to OIT managers and employees
Poole College of ManagementPoole pack Development series - professional development opportunities for all faculty and staff
University Human ResourcesDeveloped and/or updated 25 L&OD taught professional development courses with a move to shorter classroom lectures, more in-class interactive activities and discussion
University Human ResourcesPartnered with the University Libraries in transitioning UHR's online learning to Linkedin Learning. All University faculty and staff now can access this online learning system which includes 15,000 courses.
Wilson College of TextilesEnhance and fully implement Professional Development Roadmap (PDR) program
Wilson College of TextilesLaunched college-wide curriculum for monthly training and development through “Thinking Thursdays and Repeat Fridays”
Wilson College of TextilesCreated employee-lending library of exploratory topics in professional development
Wilson College of TextilesCliftonStrengths coaching for developing and existing leaders

Policies, Resources and Efficiency

University Human Resources Enhancements to the faculty hiring process
Office of Outreach and EngagementClearinghouse to capture, coordinate, and connect community service opportunities for faculty and staff
University Human ResourcesContinue to enhance employee new-hire and faculty orientation; work with departments to create unit-level onboarding for new employees
University CommunicationsExplore ways to better inform employees about changes to policies and regulations as these occur
UHR, OIED, othersEvaluation and implemention of family-friendly policies
Office of Research and InnovationStreamline research administration through ERA project
Sustainability OfficeCommunicate sustainability efforts across university
UHR, CHASS and COSImprove faculty well-being and collegialtiy through enhancements to the NTT hiring and rehiring process
University Human ResourcesDevelopment of an HR master training calendar for campus partners and employees
Faculty Senate, Faculty Affairs, othersEstablish new policies and/or regulations addressing non tenure track employment

Institutional Pride and Employee Recognition

College of Agriculture and Life SciencesThe Dean's Enrichment Grants program shifted from an interdisciplinary grants program to a grants program focused on repair, renovation and infrastructure needs for the College
College of Agriculture and Life SciencesDeveloped spot/peer-to-peer recognition awards program (2020 launch)
College of Natural ResourcesJordan Hall Library Renovations will bring in food options to this part of campus and will provide options for more collaborative space in the form of seating and meeting rooms
College of SciencesThe Dean has implemented “Lunch with the Dean” sessions with all faculty in the College
College of Veterinary MedicineCreated a Community Reading Circle, featuring Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead; as well as Community Coffee Hours
Division of Academic and Student AffairsDivision-wide end-of-year event; award presentations
Division of Academic and Student AffairsDivision-wide cookout social
FacilitiesDeveloped a PACK recognition toolkit
FacilitiesAVC developed an “Exceptional Service” recognition program
Office of Information TechnologyRecognition of team success by developing team awards for IT projects across campus that are presented at IT Community Event
Poole College of ManagementStarted biannual forums and quarterly events “coffee with the college”
Poole College of ManagementCreated and anonymous feedback mailbox
Research and InnovationImplemented Office of Research and Innovation Human Resources Newsletter
Research and InnovationRevamping the Pride of the WolfPack award for the division to roll out January 2020
University Human ResourcesCreated Family Resources website to highlight some of the things that the families of employees have access to and can participate in
University Human ResourcesConducted Employee Appreciation Day with special recognition of veterans
Wilson College of TextilesCreate an holistic wellness plan for faculty, staff and students (Wellness Committee)
Wilson College of TextilesDevelop and implement a communications campaign to promote NC State as a great place to work
Wilson College of TextilesEvaluate, enhance and promote NC State's employee appreciation and recognition programs and initiatives
Wilson College of TextilesImplemented on-the-spot “Unbeweavable” Award for staff; augments our Staff Monthly Merit Award