This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.


Published: May 19, 2005

Simpson advocates performance assessments

Dear Colleagues:

Measuring the progress and performance of our campus community and its participants is essential to the success of our university. I support a campus culture where individual performance is assessed and measured regularly for all employee groups, and where our managers and supervisors are accountable for this important management role.

Assessing employee performance helps to measure the success of our organization by providing employees with essential feedback and direction. Meaningful performance measurements also assist in broadening the understanding of the goals and vision of departments and the university. In addition, performance programs and appraisals are required as part of the collective bargaining agreements for state employees.

I believe that assessing employee performance is a significant supervisory responsibility and that managers should be held accountable and should be assessed on carrying out that responsibility.

I want to emphasize that completing regular performance programs and appraisals for all employees is a top priority, and my expectation is that they will be completed and done annually and in a timely manner.

I also urge you to take advantage of training opportunities offered by Human Resource Services in this area to ensure that, as a university, we not only do performance programs and appraisals consistently, but that we do them well. Training schedules and registration information are available at

I look forward to working with you to sustain UB's high standards of professionalism and service—qualities that are essential to our university's continued pursuit of academic excellence and leadership in the 21st century.

Thank you for your commitment to this important initiative.


John B. Simpson