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New performance management process

October 2017

Dear University Community:

As one of the first aspects of the Great Place: HR Redesign to be implemented, VCU’s new performance management process is designed to provide a sound basis for employee review, feedback and career growth. To support this process, VCU is implementing Talent@VCU, software that helps managers and employees work together to set goals and monitor progress throughout the year. 

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July progress report

July 2017

Dear Colleagues:

I write to share some exciting developments in the Great Place: HR Redesign project. Most importantly, VCU’s new HR policy is approved and on track for our anticipated January 2018 effective date. The new HR policy is designed to reward growth and learning, align our everyday work with the strategic mission of the university, modernize how we recruit and retain talent, and preserve what we appreciate most about state employment.

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Policy update

April 2017

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for your feedback during the Great Place: HR Redesign policy open comment period. As you know, HR Redesign committee members spent the last several months researching best practices at our peer institutions and other large employers in an effort to design a new HR plan for VCU. Our goal remains to modernize our HR practices and make VCU an even greater place to work.

We received nearly 900 comments during the open comment period. The comments were forwarded to the HR Redesign committees and the policy draft is now being revised based on the information you shared. I invite you to read a summary of the open comment processincluding the demographics of those who responded and themes that emerged from the comments. 

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Progress Report

December 2016

Dear Colleagues:

I’m writing to share some exciting new developments in the Great Place: HR Redesign as well as plans for moving forward. As always, I encourage you to track our progress and submit questions and comments online at The comments and questions we receive guide our work and ensure voices from all over the university are heard. Your input is posted, along with a response, so the entire university community can stay informed and up-to-date. As you know, there are several important components for the new HR plan which all work hand-in-hand.

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HR Redesign site launches, planning underway

June 13, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to share developments in the Human Resources Redesign project that Dr. Rao announced earlier this spring. Today, VCU launches the Great Place: HR Redesign website, where we will share news and information about a new HR plan that focuses on you and your career.

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