Evaluations & Performance Management

Staff Performance Evaluation LEADS 2025 Goal Alignment

LEADS 2025 Goal Alignment - 2021 LEADS 2025 goal alignment by employee count and performance outcome from Performance Evaluation Period 2021
Employee Count by Org Category - 2021 Employee count by org category from Performance Evaluation Period 2021

2023 Performance Evaluation Changes

Performance Evaluation Process Improvement

Annual Staff Performance Evaluations

The evaluation submission period is closed; therefore, all information is in "read-only" mode at this time.

2023 Evaluation Year

Review Period: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Submission Period:  January 1, 2023 – March 16, 2023

"Accountability and Excellence"

Accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions. In the workplace and in team work, being accountable is a paramount quality, linked with trust, reliability and responsibility.

The pursuit of excellence means we are always looking for better ways to perfect our work and its outcomes. The pursuit of excellence takes commitment, day-in, and day-out. Each day we strive to be the best with our work ethic, our expert knowledge, and our culture.  Every member of an organization has a stake in supporting a culture of excellence in the workplace. 

As announced in August 2022, major changes were made to the competencies, ratings and approval process. View the announcement memo here for a detailed description of the following:

  • The same evaluation form, including performance competencies, will be used to evaluate non-exempt and exempt staff.
  • An extra performance competency “Leadership” has been added for those who supervise staff.
  • Rating titles have been changed to better describe each type of rating. This will provide clarification to supervisors so that they can accurately rate an employee’s skill.
  • The second level approval in the electronic system has been eliminated.
  • Competencies (skills and characteristics) have been revised to better reflect the skills needed in our current environment.

Once again, you will be expected to align all your goals for 2023 to the LEADS 2025 goals.  The electronic evaluation system has been updated with drop-down menus to help you select the appropriate goal.  The NMSU Leads 2025 goals may be found at https://leads2025.nmsu.edu/ . There will also be a link within the evaluation form.

Performance evaluations are intended to provide valuable information to employees.  To achieve that outcome, performance ratings should be informative, valid and defensible.  Validity is the extent to which an employee’s performance rating corresponds to the employee’s actual performance of their job duties.  Reviews and ratings should not be determined on the basis of a person’s age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, serious medical condition, sex, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, or spousal affiliation.


The electronic application is the required tool for completion of all exempt and nonexempt performance evaluations. The electronic form is designed to assist supervisors by automatically populating necessary and up-to-date employee information. Scores will automatically be calculated within the forms and will be retrievable by HRS for recording into Banner. 


Online Staff Evaluations  


**If you will be accessing this link from an off-campus site (e.g. your home Internet), you will be required to use NMSU VPN**


January Begin completing evaluation forms online
Jan - Feb Meet with Employees to discuss evaluations
Feb -Mar Finalize and sign evaluations
March 16 Evaluation forms due/Electronically signed by all parties

Faculty Evaluations

Each NMSU college is responsible for managing their own faculty performance evaluation process. Faculty should contact their Dean's office for specifics regarding their college's process and schedule. For more information, see ARP 9.20.  

Tools for Employees & Supervisors

Tool/Document Description
Performance Evaluation Workshop 2023 PowerPoint presentation providing guidance on the evaluation process as well as a review of the new ratings and competencies.
User Guide for NMSU Online Staff Evaluation Video Tutorial This resource is a video tutorial for the NMSU Staff Evaluation Web Application for the 2023 evaluation period. This tutorial is a companion to the User Guide for NMSU Online Staff Evaluation document.
Staff Performance Evaluation Enhancements (PDF) PowerPoint describing the Staff Performance Evaluation Enhancements.
Completing a Self Assessment PowerPoint describing how to complete a self-assessment.
Online Evaluation User Guide User guide describing system usage.
Online Evaluation Routing Flow Chart (PDF) Chart depicting electronic routing process for those involved in the evaluation review/approval process.
Evaluation FAQs (PDF) Frequently asked questions are answered.
Goal Planning Form (DOCX) To establish goals for new exempt and nonexempt staff who are too new to be evaluated.
Self Assessment Form (Word) Form that allows staff an opportunity to provide feedback to their supervisor on how they view their own performance on the job.
Paper Evaluation for for Staff (PDF) For use when electronic system is not active. Use for end of probation or other times when evaluation is needed.
Performance Improvement Plan Templates (DOCX) Supervisors may choose from six templates to help draft up a plan to help an employee improve his/her performance within a designated period of time.
Performance Planning Index of Action Words (DOCX) Sample list of action words to help supervisors communicate goals and work assignments to employees.
Tips and Tools for Employee Recognition (DOCX) Informational sheet on the criteria for successful recognition and different types of recognition.
Training for Performance Management (http://training.nmsu.edu/) To learn more about performance management, register for related workshops through the Center for Learning and Professional Development. They offer courses such as 'Managing Your Performance Evaluation' and 'Performance Management'.