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Fall 2013 Learning Needs Assessment Results

Survey Process & Participation

A link to the online survey was emailed to 4,634 benefit-eligible faculty and professional staff in November 2013. The link was also posted on the HR page of the Drexel website, the Career Pathway page, in Drexel Now and on our listservs.  The survey was closed on November 15, 2013. There were 627 total respondents for a response rate of 14%.  The number of respondents is more than twice that in 2011 (n=300).

  • 287 (54%) attended a Drexel-sponsored development program in the past two years
  • 144 (23%) of the total identified themselves as managers
  • 90 (14% of total, 63% of managers) indicated that someone they supervise attended a Drexel-sponsored development program in the last year

Key Findings

531 responded to a question indicating their participation in one or more specific Drexel-sponsored professional development program in the past two years as follows:

HR Programs

  • 146 (27%): Performance Management (Goal Setting, System Demo, etc.)
  • 116 (22%): Employee Development Series (Time Management, Understanding Others, etc.)
  • 98 (18%): Online sessions in Career Pathway (Microsoft applications, other)
  • 75 (14%): Supervisory Certificate Program (Fundamentals of Supervision, etc.)
  • 54 (10%): Learning Hour Series (What Went Wrong at Penn State, Blogging at Drexel, etc.)
  • 39 (7%): Legal Interviewing
  • 32 (6%): Management Development (Productive Conflict, Managing within the Law, etc.)
  • 15 (3%): Reference Checking
  • 8 (2%): Drexel Leaders 2020 (launched two months prior to survey)

Other Programs

  • 32 (6%): Health-related; faculty development/mentoring/assessment; GEM; women’s studies

244 (46%) respondents indicated they did not participate in any Drexel-sponsored professional development programs in the past two years. Reasons included lack of awareness of available programs, inconvenient date or time, irrelevance, new to Drexel, or too busy for professional development.

Of managers who said someone they supervise participated in a Drexel-sponsored program, 66% indicated that the program(s) had a positive impact on their employee’s work. Of employees who participated in an HR-sponsored development program, 78% agreed that the program had a positive impact on their work.

Visit the Survey Results page for the response details.