Seventh campus climate survey will open in mid-November

Students, faculty and staff members will be invited to participate in Grand Valley's seventh campus climate survey when it is operational from November 17-December 1.

Jesse Bernal, chief of staff to the president and vice president for Inclusion and Equity, said the university has hired a new company to oversee administration of the anonymous and online survey. The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) is a consortium of colleges and universities committed to sharing data with member institutions. When HEDS returns survey data, it will include a comparison to other public universities.

President Philomena V. Mantella stressed the importance of completing the myGVSU survey, which is considered a snapshot of a person's feelings about living, learning and working at Grand Valley. 

“I hope the campus community joins me in answering the survey questions, as the results will continue to support an inclusive learning and working environment that attracts a diverse community,” Mantella said.

image of myGVSU campus climate survey with four photos at top; reads: myGVSU 2021 climate survey, since 1993; where your voice really matters!; complete the survey for chance to win a $1,000 or $2,000 award; November 17-December 1
Survey participants will be eligible for incentives if they wish to be entered into a drawing.
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Changes implemented as a result of prior surveys include establishing the Children's Enrichment Center, adding more resources for student veterans, and adding student and employee ombuds positions. More actions are listed online at

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.

In 2019, nearly 40 percent of the campus community responded to the sixth myGVSU survey, above the national average of 27 percent.