Performance Review

Employee performance review is a continual process that takes place regularly with a supervisor's frequent, informal assessments of and conversations about an employee's work performance. On an annual basis, supervisors are expected to conduct a formal meeting with an employee that will most often summarize and/or highlight performance accomplishments, areas for improvement, and goals for the coming year. The formal session should hold no surprises if effective and frequent conversations about expectations and performance have been taking place throughout the year. Employees should have the opportunity to understand and clarify their job responsibilities and expectations, how their work will be evaluated, what work performance standards are, and how work performance should be improved.

For most employees on campus, the standard performance review program will involve the procedures, guidelines, practices and forms contained in the documents below.


The formal performance review gives a supervisor the opportunity to review and discuss an employee's performance of the duties as outlined in the job description, to evaluate whether previously-set goals have been met and past deficiencies have been corrected, and to set new goals for the coming year.  The supervisor will confirm this discussion in a formal, written performance review document, the original of which will be included along with any documents and/or comments from the employee, in the employee’s official personnel file in the Office of Human Resources.

Performance review is the method of objectively assessing an individual's success and contribution in accomplishing the assigned work; this includes comparatively reviewing the individual's performance to the particular expectations/specifications listed in his/her job description.  Although the purpose of the formal employee performance review program is primarily developmental, the results of the performance review will be a significant factor in salary recommendations, promotional considerations, or disciplinary notice.

For employees who are relatively new to their positions at Ithaca College, it is expected that your supervisor will carefully and continually work with you on performance expectations during your probationary period.  Toward the end of the probationary period, your supervisor is encouraged to conduct a formal meeting with you to provide you with feedback on your performance progress and to set goals for the upcoming period.

For most employees on campus, the formal performance review program will involve the procedures, guidelines, practices and forms provided here.

The Ithaca College policy manual contains a full description of the College’s formal Employee Performance Review Program.  For further information, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000.

Performance Review Workshops for Supervisors (GL052 PRW Center):

  • March 30, 2018:  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
  • April 12, 2018:  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • May 11, 2018:  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Performance Review Workshops for Employees (GL052 PRW Center):

  • March 30, 2018:  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  • April 12, 2018:  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  • May 11, 2018:  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  

To register for any of these opportunities, go to  or contact Jane Ray: