How Do People at Michigan Tech Experience Life at the University?

Working, Learning, Living
Working, Learning, Living
Students, faculty and staff have been invited to take the Students, faculty and staff are being invited to take the Working, Learning and Living assessment.

Working, living and learning at Michigan Technological University is shaped by the attitudes, beliefs, experiences and perceptions of the students, faculty and staff.  What are those attitudes, beliefs, experiences and perceptions, and how do they affect life on campus? 

Michigan Tech is committed to finding out. So the University formed a Climate Survey Working Group and hired a consultant from Pennsylvania State University, Susan Rankin of Rankin & Associates, to conduct a campus-wide assessment of the beliefs, behaviors and practices of members of the Michigan Tech community. She has conducted more than 170 institutional climate assessments at colleges and universities.  

The study opens today (October 17, 2017) and runs until November 10.

“The Working, Living and Learning Assessment will pose questions related to backgrounds and groups with which people identify, as well as attitudes and beliefs about their own and other groups on campus,” said Jill Hodges, executive director of Institutional Equity. “The survey is voluntary and confidential. Those taking it can choose not to answer any question.  It should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete. 

“It is hoped that the results of the study will lead to dialogue among members of the campus community related to improving the working, living and learning experience at Michigan Tech,” Hodges said. The results of the confidential survey will be used to develop initiatives that improve the equity and inclusiveness of campus life experienced by everyone at Michigan Tech, she added. 

Tech has conducted two previous assessments, known as “climate studies,” in 2005 and 2010.  A climate study examines the attitudes and perceptions of the many different populations at the University, how they feel and what they believe about themselves and others.

Tech would like all students and employees to take the Assessment of Working, Living and Learning, so the working group is offering a drawing for a number of incentives after the survey closes on November 10. Undergraduates will be eligible for a one-semester parking pass, four $50 gift cards to the Campus Store and two admission tickets to any sporting event other than the Winter Carnival hockey game. Graduate students will be eligible for the same incentives. Union and non-union staff and faculty will be eligible for one-year parking passes, $50 Campus Store gift cards and two free tickets to any sporting event other than the Winter Carnival hockey game, as will faculty members.




Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.