Past Campus Climate Survey

The Climate Study survey instrument was created with the assistance of a consultant from the University of Michigan Center for Research on Teaching and Learning and input from various National Science Foundation ADVANCE campus offices. A variety of methods and tools will be used to determine if progress is being made in response to the Climate Survey recommendations. These tools include annual longitudinal review of numbers and diversity of faculty, students, and staff; ongoing focus groups; formative evaluation of workshops and professional development activities designed to address issues identified by the Climate Survey; use of other related survey responses as comparison; and, eventually, a follow-up to the Climate Survey. Change in policies, procedures, language, and our physical spaces will be indicators of a more-inclusive environment. Change in behavior related to inclusiveness will be the most significant measure. The outcome will be recruitment, retention, teaching, and research practices that reflect a fully engaged, diverse community that supports our University mission and strategic plan.

The Final Climate Study Interim Report Published in 2014, the 2005 Climate Study Survey Results and the 2010 Climate Study Survey Results are available here. Questions concerning the Climate Survey and the ongoing Climate Study can be directed to Audrey Mayer, Assistant to the Provost  for Academic Equity and Inclusion.

Areas for Improvement in Campus Diversity

The issues most frequently identified by respondents as concerns or areas for improvement to the campus climate were initially categorized into five general areas:

After a comprehensive review of the Climate Survey and focus group responses by the Climate Study Steering Committee, no additional categories were added, and specific recommendations were developed. This second report presents a more complete set of recommendations and identifies the individuals or units that will have the responsibility of taking a leadership role to implement each recommendation. The Addendum lists the recommendations in terms of the financial commitment required to ensure their implementation and identifies the recommendations, as of April 2006, that are already being addressed. As the responses of various subgroups are examined more closely, and additional focus groups are conducted, other actions will be recommended in follow-up reports.

Areas for Improvement at 'Low-to-no' Financial Commitment

Areas for Improvement at 'Some' Financial Commitment

Areas for Improvement at 'Significant' Financial Commitment