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Campus Climate Survey Summary

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What is Campus Climate?

Campus climate is defined as the attitudes, feelings and perceptions of individuals about the campus community in which students, faculty and staff interact… campus climate is about perception - about how it feels to be in that community, not simply what happens. (NIICU, 1991).

What is a Campus Climate Study?

A climate study is a tool that enables the collection of data to provide a clearer understanding of how community members perceive a college and how they react to those perceptions at a specific point in time.

Why Now?

This is a follow-up to the work of the Campus Diversity Advisory Board and a resolution by Student Government Association in Spring 2008 in support of the climate study.

How Was the Survey Created?

The survey was developed, in part, based on information gathered in the focus group sessions conducted by the Robinson Consulting Group (RCG) last October with students, faculty and staff. Members of the Campus Climate Study Steering Committee reviewed the issues identified by the focus groups with RCG and helped to formulate a survey that we believe will help the College learn more about how to improve the campus climate for all community members.

Your survey responses go directly to RCG, who will tabulate the data and provide the College with the aggregate results. Individual responses will not be identifiable and will remain confidential with RCG.

How Will the Climate Study Be Used?

The purpose of the Fisher climate study is to gather information about attitudes and perceptions from all segments of the campus community to help the College identify steps it can take to improve the student experience and become a more inclusive environment for everyone: students, faculty and staff.

When Will we be Informed About the Results?

Later this spring summary data will be returned to the Steering Committee who will prepare recommendations that will be shared with the campus community next fall for further comment and feedback prior to being formally submitted to the President. As appropriate, the President will assign responsibility to the appropriate administrators, staff, faculty committees, and student government groups to respond to results.

If you have questions about completing the survey, you may contact Dr. Rick DeJesús-Rueff, Vice President for Student Affairs & Diversity Initiatives, or Dr. Bruce Blaine, Professor of Psychology. As co-chairs of the Climate Study Steering Committee, they can provide additional information about the survey.

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