Performance Management

Performance management is an ongoing cycle of goal-setting, feedback and evaluation that optimizes an individual’s progress towards organizational goals.

Performance Review Process and Timeline

Performance reviews are important tools for assisting staff in effectively developing their skills and meeting their personal goals which support the mission and values of the university.  Having a performance review provides staff with a roadmap to meet goals and improves overall engagement at work.

Beginning of Cycle During the Cycle End of Cycle
Planning Feedback Review
March September February
Set goals and expectations Mid-year feedback meeting Supervisor's review

The university’s current 12 month performance review period is from March 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020

Performance Review Resources


Additional PerfOrmance Review Resources

The following forms are available on the forms repository

  • Performance Review Form
  • Probationary Reports
  • Interim Forms
  • Self-Appraisal

Probationary Period

All newly hired, promoted, or transferred regular staff at Towson University serve a probationary period. Regular non-exempt employees serve a six-month probation and exempt employees serve a 12-month probation.  Annual performance reviews are not required for employees on probation.

During this time period, employees receive training, guidance, instructions and advice from their supervisors. Interim probationary reports are required at mid-point to document an employee’s progress.

If expectations are not being met, an employee may be rejected on probation. Occasionally, an employee on probation gets near the end of the specified time period and is not meeting performance expectations. In those cases, the employee’s probation period may be extended. Should a manager wish to extend the probation period or reject an employee on probation, they must first contact their HR Partner to discuss next steps.


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