Campus survey results used to inform policies; survey opens November 17

Students, faculty and staff members will be invited to participate in the seventh campus climate survey to report their perception and experiences of what it's like to live, learn and work at Grand Valley.

The myGVSU 2021 Climate Survey will be operational from November 17-December 1. It is a confidential, online survey that should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. 

Jesse Bernal, chief of staff to the president and vice president for Inclusion and Equity, said survey results will be used to inform and improve university policies and practices.

Campus members will receive an email with a link to the survey from the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS), the company hired to administer the survey. The email subject line will read "Share your perspective on the myGVSU 2021 Climate Survey" and it will come from [email protected]

myGVSU climate survey poster with images of campus life on top and survey dates of Nov. 17-Dec. 1
Image Credit: courtesy photo

The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) is a consortium of colleges and universities; when HEDS returns survey data, it will include a comparison to other public universities and additional questions to provide longitudinal analysis based on previous campus surveys.

Information about past campus climate surveys is online at The website includes a list of initiatives and actions established on campus as a result of past surveys. 

Incentives will be offered to participants who indicate they wish to be entered into a drawing to be eligible for one of four $2,000 tuition awards for students, three $1,000 research or professional development awards for faculty members, and three $1,000 professional development awards for staff members.

Questions about this survey can be directed to Kathleen VanderVeen, associate vice president for Inclusion and Equity, at [email protected], or Nicole Seidler, research analyst and data manager at HEDS, at [email protected].