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STEP Define Criteria: Goals and competencies are due May 31

As one performance year ends we now shift our focus to the next one. It’s time to Define Criteria for the 2021-22 performance year, which began on April 1. It is important to set performance expectations as early in the year as possible to ensure that you and your manager are on the same page. May 31 is the deadline for entering goals and selecting competencies.

In the Define Criteria phase, you need to:

  • Discuss your goals with your manager and capture new and continuing goals in the ePerformance system
  • Select competencies from the predefined UC core competencies
  • Save often to prevent any data loss in the event that you are timed out of UCPath
  • Let your manager know when you’ve completed and are ready for their review and approval
  • Refer to the list of training and resources below for information and help completing these action items

Remember, STEP is an iterative process in which goals may extend beyond a single performance year, and new goals and competencies can be added throughout the year.

The 2021/2022 performance year at a glance

Performance Year – April 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022

STEP checkpoint timeline

Changes for 2021-2022 STEP – We listened to your feedback and for the 2021-22 performance year, there will be three checkpoints instead of four to allow more time between checkpoints and take into account that you and your manager should be having more organic conversations throughout the year.

Training and resources

Optional self-paced e-courses: Consider reviewing the courses you watched last year:

Optional live training: UCOP Define Criteria Training. This class is geared for new employees and those who want a refresher. Instructors will expand on the materials presented in the Define Criteria ecourses, which you must complete prior to attending the live training. You will practice writing goals and review strategies for choosing focus competencies

STEP office hours: Every Friday from 9-10:30 a.m. (PT), STEP administrators will be on hand to answer questions about the process, how to navigate the system and any other questions you may have. You can register for the class or drop in at any time during the session (Zoom link for session).

STEP Guidebook: See pages 4-8 for a refresher on Define Criteria

Additional resources can be found on the STEP website.

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