Campus climate survey results to come in May

Save the date: A summary of results from last fall's campus climate survey will be presented during two town hall-style meetings Wednesday, May 9. The survey evaluated perceptions of the living, learning and working environment at Iowa State.

"We wanted to share the results of the survey sooner rather than later," said Reg Stewart, vice president for diversity and inclusion. "This was the best date that worked without having to wait until next fall."

Sue Rankin and Dan Merson from the Rankin and Associates consulting firm that conducted the survey will provide an overview of the survey results during afternoon (1-2:30 p.m.) and evening (5:30-7 p.m.) presentations in the Memorial Union Gallery room. Both presentations also will be livestreamed.

"We want to make sure the presentations are livestreamed for people to access from anywhere," Stewart said.

A week prior to the presentations, a results summary will be available on the campus climate website. Stewart said that provides a chance to read the summary and bring questions for the consultants. The full report and presentation will be available on the campus climate website following the town hall meetings, and a copy will be in the library reserve room.

Response rates

In all, 7,326 submissions -- 17.1 percent of faculty, staff and students -- were analyzed. At least 30 percent of faculty and staff participated, but less than 9 percent of undergraduate and graduate students responded.

"We'll have to be careful about generalizing the student populations based on those response rates," Merson said.

Survey results will be used to address goal four of the university's strategic plan -- "continue to enhance and cultivate the ISU Experience where faculty, staff, students and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included and valued by the university and each other."


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