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Prepare for reviews and evaluations: Staff performance cycle ends Jan. 31

It's almost time to give performance reviews. The university staff performance cycle ended on Dec. 31 for CU Denver and CU Anschutz, and ends on Jan. 31 for CU System, UCCS and CU Boulder. All university staff should be reviewed in February and evaluations must be submitted to your campus Human Resources department by March 1.

Remember, merit increases still take effect on July 1, despite the earlier review period.

Upcoming deadlines for university and classified staff

Deadlines for university and classified staff are different. Review the timelines for each below.

University staff review cycle

  • March 1: Your campus HR office must receive all performance evaluations. In March, all supervisors should set goals for the next review period with each employee.

Classified staff review cycle

  • April 1: The performance cycle begins. All classified staff must be evaluated in April.
  • May 1: All evaluations must be turned in to your campus HR office. In May, meet with each classified staff employee to discuss goals for the year.
  • June 1: Submit a copy of the front page of the performance plan to your campus HR office.

Review procedures differ by campus, so please reach out to the Boulder, Denver, UCCS or System HR offices for your campus’s performance management information.

Performance management resources for supervisors and employees

Resources to increase your (and your employees’) performance management skills are available on Skillsoft and Use the following guide to get started.

Resources for Supervisors Resources for employees
Courses Courses
Skillsoft Skillsoft
Reviewing and Rewarding Performance.

Performance Appraisal Essentials: Planning for Appraisals.
Performance Review Foundations. Taking Action for Performing under Pressure. Preparing for Your Review.
Videos Videos
Skillsoft Skillsoft
Light The Fire: Leveraging Appraisals for Maximum Performance.

Managing Performance: Three Areas of Focus.
Light The Fire: Leveraging Appraisals for Maximum Performance. Seeking feedback to shape your career.
Books Job Aids and SkillBriefs
Skillsoft Skillsoft
Performance Management.

A Team of Leaders: Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative and Deliver Results.

How to Be Good at Performance Appraisals: Simple, Effective, Done Right.
Performance Appraisal Strategies

Preparing for a Formal Performance Appraisal

How to Prepare for an Annual Performance Appraisal.
Job Aids and SkillBriefs  
Performance Monitoring Techniques.

Best Practices for Giving Feedback. Performance Management.

Performance Management.

Access resources

Follow these steps to access these resources on Skillsoft and

  1. Log into your campus portal and click on the NavBar.
  2. Select CU Resources and Training.
  3. Choose Start SkillSoft or The systems will open in separate tabs.
  4. Click on the resource above you would like to use and follow the prompts.

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