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Activity Analysis Survey

The Activity Analysis survey is a study of the distribution of administrative work being done across the University, by function. It will gather responses from non-faculty staff about their work activities, so as to understand daily workload in a quantifiable way. This effort aims to help realize savings the University can invest in academic, research and engagement programs of excellence. The objective of this project is not to be a model for efficiency, but to ensure that operational efficiency is a means to reinvest resources to be used to support our University mission.

The Activity Analysis Survey ran from February 19 to March 2, 2018; details here are for informational purposes.

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Change is inevitable, and decisions will have to be made to support future progress. By gathering the right information, the University can move forward in a well-informed way and remain sustainable into the future.

This survey is one step of a larger data-gathering process that will help us understand what staff are doing across the organization.


The survey collects information on staff workload across a variety of work functions. Participants will consider their work time over the past year based on their position in its current capacity.

The survey is organized based on the type of work being performed, not where in the organizational structure that work is being conducted.


The survey is administered through a web-enabled survey tool called Qualtrics. An introductory email sent at the start of the survey window provides a unique link and detailed instructions on how to access and complete the survey.

Individuals who do not complete a survey by the deadline will have a survey completed on behalf of their position.


Non-faculty staff, including students who perform administrative work, across all business units and auxiliary organizations, are expected to complete the survey.

Faculty, MU Health employees who only work at the hospital and graduate assistants (GTAs/GRAs) are not required to complete the survey.

Background information

About the project:

Additional information:


 Dec. 2017 - Jan. 2018







  • March 2 - Survey window closes
  • Data analysis phase


  • Findings shared with the Board of Curators and University community
  • April 12-13 - Board meeting at Missouri S&T
  • Opportunities to provide feedback to follow

Reviewed 2018-03-20.