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Many members of the faculty and staff may not be familiar with the work that University Governance does to help the university promote contact with retired faculty and staff.

For example, thanks to work done by the University Senate Committee on Retirees' Rights and Benefits over the years, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, there is an up-to-date and extensive statement of "Information for Retirees and Prospective Retirees" available on the Web at the HREO site. The committee welcomes comments and suggestions about how to improve this important source of information.

The committee also seeks close contact with the Endacott Society, which is based at the Adams Alumni Center, to share and seek out information about traditional and new issues of interest to Lawrence area retirees who gather regularly.

This year, SenEx charged the committee, chaired by George Crawford, associate professor of curriculum and teaching, to conduct a comprehensive survey of retirees. The aim was to gain a better understanding of the interests of retirees to help governance and university leaders respond to known issues and anticipate new areas of interest.

There is a strong commitment to identify opportunities to promote engagement for current faculty, staff and students with retired colleagues.

With strong support from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning and from staff in the Office of University Governance, the committee prepared a survey with 36 questions and a call for open-ended suggestions and comments. Of the 1,175 questionnaires dispatched in January, 355 completed responses were received and are being analyzed with help from OIRP.

It is expected that analysis will be complete as the academic year ends, in time to help inform the agenda for governance for the coming year and to aid university leaders in gaining a better understanding of the thinking of retirees.

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