August 27, 2010

Friday Poll: What's Your Reporting Line?

This edition of the Friday Poll asks Ombuds about their organizational status. IOA Standards state that Ombuds should report, "to the highest possible level of the organization," but for many this was determined before they were hired or is not negotiable for a variety of reasons. If you're a practicing Ombuds, whether embedded or as a consultant, to whom do you report?
  • Governing Board (e.g., trustees, directors, regents, legislative body)
  • Chief Executive or President
  • Other C-Level or Senior Executive
  • Middle Management
  • Other (please add comment)
As usual, the poll will remain open for a week and the results can be found in the comments to this post.


  1. Kerry Egdorf8/28/2010 7:03 AM

    I'm in a private university setting--I report to the Sr. VP (i.e., chief administration officer). For a while, the reporting relationship alternated each year between the Provost (i.e., chief academic officer) and Sr. VP (both report to President), but I have full access to President at my discretion.

  2. @KerryEgdorf -- I'd call that C-Level reporting.

  3. Results:
    Governing Board 6 (15%)
    CEO/President 14 (35%)
    C-Level/Sr. Exec. 12 (30%)
    Middle Mgt. 1 (2%)
    Other 6 (15%)