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Initial results on University of Arizona poll: Not much confidence in Hay

UA provost Meredity Hay
UA provost Meredity Hay

The votes are in from the University of Arizona’s 10-question faculty poll regarding faculty confidence in the administrative team of President Robert N. Shelton and Provost Meredith Hay.

Of the 2754 faculty eligible to vote, only 858 actually did. But of those, 483 said they do not support the way Hay has carried out the Transformation process. Only 256 said the same about Shelton, showing that – at least of those who voted – there is indeed more acrimony directed at Hay than her boss. this trend was the same for the question regarding how the administration has handled the recent budget cuts: 483 said they didn’t support the way Hay has handled it, while only 212 said they did not support how Shelton handled it.

The big money question was the final one, and it tied Shelton and Hay together by asking, “How much confidence do you have in the ability of central administration to lead us through the tough challenges we face now and in the foreseeable future? On a scale of 1-5, 1=No confidence, 5=Full confidence.” Three hundred and eleven faculty voted no confidence, and only 75 voted full confidence. The remainder fell in the middle.

Shelton and Hay have been notified of the results, according to the e-mail sent out with the poll, signed by Faculty Chair Wanda Howell and other faculty leaders. I have not yet been able to reach either, but I’ve been told the Arizona Daily Star should have a full report tomorrow, so check your morning paper.

All the poll’s 10 questions followed the 1 to 5 scale of responses – the numbers I gave above were those who voted absolutely no support. The poll is broken down in greater detail below. An executive summary of the written comments collected in the poll and further evaluation of the numerical responses is expected by the end of this week, according to the e-mail sent to deans and department heads with the poll from faculty chair Wanda Howell. Next steps are still being determined, but some background on what might happen, at least from the viewpoint of the President of the Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees Arizona’s three public universities, is here.

Here are the detailed poll results:

September 18-25, 2009 UA Faculty Poll Participation:

Eligible Voters: 2754 (includes approximately 750 emeriti faculty)

Ballots cast: 858      Percentage of eligible voters:  31.1%

Participation by

College Eligible Voters Votes Cast Voter Rate

CALS                          377                              106                              28.1%

CALA                          32                                1                                  3.1%

EDUCATION              104                              15                                14.4%

ENGINEERING          179                              38                                21.2%

COFA                          156                              55                                35.3%

COH                            185                              104                              56.2%

LAW                            53                                16                                30.2%

COM                           380                              60                                15.8%

NUR                            72                                5                                  6.9%

OPT SCI                     41                                5                                  12.2%

PHARM                      46                                13                                28.3%

MEZCOPH                 39                                6                                  15.4%

COS                            473                              144                              30.4%

SBS                             335                              176                              52.2%

ELLER                        123                              58                                47.2%

NON-COLLEGE         158                              56                                35.4%

Question 1. Do you support the way the President has carried out the Transformation Process? On a scale of 1-5, 1=No Support, 5=Full support

1      256

2      206

3      198

4      128

5      64

Question 2. Do you support the way the President has handled the recent budget cuts? On a scale of 1-5, 1=No Support, 5=Full support

1      212

2      199

3      178

4      167

5      95

Question 3. Do you support the way the Provost has carried out the Transformation Process? On a scale of 1-5, 1=No Support, 5=Full support

1      483

2      142

3      106

4      73

5      42

Question 4. Do you support the way the Provost has handled the recent budget cuts? On a scale of 1-5, 1=No Support, 5=Full support

1      444

2      130

3      114

4      93

5      61

Question 5. Do you support the principle of differential cuts? On a scale of 1-5, 1=No Support, 5=Full support

1      152

2      75

3      135

4      168

5      317

Question 6. Do you believe that the central administration has communicated adequately concerning recent changes at the UA?  On a scale of 1-5, 1=Do not agree, 5=Agree

1      338

2      196

3      142

4      112

5      63

Question 7. Do you believe Open Forums would be important in improving communication between the central administration and the campus community? On a scale of 1-5, 1=Do not agree, 5=Agree

1      91

2      155

3      264

4      172

5      165

Question 8. Do you believe More Email and Other Digital Messages would be important in improving communication between the central administration and the campus community? On a scale of 1-5, 1=Do not agree, 5=Agree

1      164

2      141

3      243

4      175

5      124

Question 9. Do you think central administrator should be more visible on the University Campus? On a scale of 1-5, 1=Do not agree, 5=Agree

1      67

2      75

3      218

4      200

5      287

Question 10. How much confidence do you have in the ability of central administration to lead us through the tough challenges we face now and in the foreseeable future? On a scale of 1-5, 1=No confidence, 5=Full confidence

1      311

2      204

3      168

4      98

5      75

A postscript of sorts: UA Defender, the mostly anonymous faculty forum/blog that started to call into question the leadership of Hay and Shelton, has what appears to be one of its final posts here. Those running the blog appear to be asking for their blog to gracefully retire as long as another official faculty forum rises in its place. You can read the entire post for yourself, but this last bit is worth highlighting:

” … in the hope that ever-growing support and unity will gather around a senate-leadership group with the wherewithal, and, we hope, the will, to secure stronger, better-focused faculty involvement in an effective, productive relationship with the president and provost, whoever they may be, going forward. That can happen. And it must be done. By drawing on the collective wisdom and experience of the world-class faculty that is ours at the University of Arizona.

For it to happen with Robert Shelton, the onus would be more on him than on us. That much we have made clear. Regardless of the poll numbers, the very existence of the poll has made that clear.”

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5 thoughts on “Initial results on University of Arizona poll: Not much confidence in Hay

  1. The President’s numbers aren’t so good either.  Almost all that get at the confidence in the President trend to little support and no support.  Provost Hay’s are clearly much much worse.

    It appears that the Provost is dragging him down.

    Although, I wonder now what the numbers would look like given the two arrests of students for protest and the lack of communication surrounding these incidents from the leadership at the U.

    THAT looks BAD.  A PR nightmare that is only gaining steam.

  2. 86% not supportive of Hay, and 80% not supportive of Shelton. And 69% not happy with their high-handed handling of the budget cuts. And 43% saying, wait a minute, stop saying “ALL the faculty support differential cuts” – 43% shy of 100 is pretty far from ALL.
    Where do those percentages come from?
    The UA Defender did a tally of the poll numbers that were made public today. Here’s how:
    On the questions assessing “confidence” or “no confidence” where 1 = “no support” and 5 = “full support,” the range 1-3 defines the range going from “no support to neutral.” Everything shy of 3.0, the midpoint, is negative – the “unhappy range.” Or “no confidence,” if you prefer.

    The UA Defender posted this tally of percentages in the “unhappy range”:

    #1 … the way the President has carried out the Transformation process: 77% unhappy
    #2 … the way the President has handled the recent budget cuts: 69% unhappy
    #3 …the way the Provost has carried out the Transformation Process: 86% unhappy
    #4 … the way the provost has handled the recent budget cuts: 82% unhappy
    #5 … the principle of differential cuts: 43% not happy with it
    #10 How much confidence do you have in the ability of central administration to lead us through the tough challenges we face now and in the forseeable future? 80% in the no-confidence range.

    The tally is at http://UADefender.blogspot.com

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