Surveys and why we do them...
The Mission Statement of the Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center asserts that its top priority is to enhance the quality of life for retired faculty and staff. In order to achieve that goal, the ERRC must continue to maintain knowledge of campus, systemwide, and community policies and resources. Concomitantly, it must also have available the most current data regarding the needs and interests of its diverse constituency to consistently offer relevant programs and services. Emeriti and staff retirees are the best source of information for this purpose. Well-defined, issue-specific surveys are a proven mechanism to allow groups to express their concerns or opinions regarding a variety of subjects.
In the recent past, the Center has generated two surveys to obtain information from staff retirees. In both cases the survey questionnaires were mailed to all retirees for whom there were current addresses. Both produced a significant response, indicating an appreciation for having been presented a forum to communicate with the University, and a need to do so.
The first was the UCLA Staff Retirees Participation/Achievement/Contribution (PAC) survey, which was undertaken to enable University of California and UCLA decision-makers to become more knowledgeable about staff retirees' interests and activities. The survey was structured to provide the opportunity to share information pertaining to retirees' connection to UCLA, involvement in their communities, and commitment to their own personal growth. Of the 5,770 retired staff contacted, 1,506, or 26%, responded.
The second survey was initiated to determine the extent to which UCLA staff retirees are affected by the phenomenon of Food Insecurity, which is described by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a “household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” At the time this survey was conducted, there were 5,986 retired staff. They were all contacted, and 1,494, or 25%, responded.
Both surveys provided information that has been used to raise awareness of staff retirees' contributions, interests, and the challenges some are facing during post-employment. Efforts are being made by the ERRC, campus administration, and thesystemwide retirees' association to address the most egregious problems confronting retirees that were discovered in this process.
Other surveys giving voice to the emeriti and staff retirees will be conducted and included on this website, as new issues related to their experience occur.