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Dear Carolina Faculty and Staff:

The University of North Carolina is committed to providing a quality work environment for its faculty and staff so that all employees of the University can be successful in the work they accomplish for our students and the State of North Carolina.

Toward this goal, the University of North Carolina System will launch the third iteration of its system-wide employee engagement survey project on Monday, March 28. The 2022 survey will be shorter than previous versions and will focus on three specific areas:

  • Set of baseline trend data from past surveys.
  • Diversity and inclusion statements.
  • Statements specific to institutional actions taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 28, the online survey will be distributed to permanent full-time faculty and staff. You will receive an email invitation directly from ModernThink LLC, an independent research and consulting firm that specializes in higher education climate assessment. The email will contain details about the survey and a unique login and password that only you can use to participate in the survey.

The 2022 survey should take about 10 minutes to complete, and you will be able to access the survey on a PC, tablet or phone. You may complete it on work time.

Survey participation is voluntary, though we hope you choose to participate. Please share your honest feedback and know that your responses will remain anonymous. Only ModernThink will have access to individual employee responses so that results cannot be connected back to individuals. You can find more information about survey confidentiality on the 2022 UNC System Engagement Statement on Survey Confidentiality. You may also contact ModernThink directly at 888.684.4658 or at to address any concerns.

Data from previous surveys in 2018 and 2020 was shared with the UNC Board of Governors and supported efforts to pursue key longer-term policy and programmatic changes, such as the introduction of paid parental leave and enhancements to University benefit programs. We’ve also adjusted campus communications and several administrative processes as a result of feedback garnered from these surveys.

This is a valuable opportunity to make your voice heard. The data we receive through this program will provide us with more useful information to enhance the University’s work environment for our faculty and staff and help us recruit, retain and develop the most talented and diverse workforce possible.

If you have questions about the survey, please email or visit the engagement survey website for information and updates about this important multi-year initiative. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Thank you in advance for your participation. As a member of our campus community, your voice matters.


Kevin M. Guskiewicz

J. Christopher Clemens
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Becci Menghini
Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance


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