What is Campus Climate?
Climate is a measure of the real or perceived quality of interpersonal, academic, and professional interactions on a campus and consists of “the current attitudes, behaviors, and standards of faculty, staff, administrators and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities, and potential” (Hurtado, 1992; Rankin, 2001). A healthy climate is grounded in respect for others, nurtured by dialogue between those of differing perspectives, and evidenced by a pattern of civil interactions among community members. Campus climate includes the experience of individuals and groups on a campus—and the quality and extent of the interaction between those various groups and individuals. Diversity is one aspect of campus climate. Diversity and inclusion efforts are not complete unless they also address climate (University of California Study Group on Diversity, 2006).
A healthy campus climate is not the same as a positive climate, or a climate that is always comfortable. In fact, healthy campus environments allow for the nurturing of the complexity surrounding what it means to live, learn, and work on an academic campus with varying perspectives, providing opportunities for growth, and developing democratic values. Climate as a construct allows us to measure the health and impact of institutional climate on key indicators. We can measure this health through three factors:
- Experiences on campus
- Perceptions of campus
- Perceptions of institutional action and commitment for equity and inclusion
Campus climate research examines differences by identity groups or demographics on these key factors to discover important differences in experiences or perceptions.
Why do a Climate Survey?
What is a Climate Pulse Survey?
A pulse survey is a brief and regular set of questions sent to employees and students. At GVSU, employees and students will be invited to share insights regularly through climate pulse surveys related to the overall environment for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The survey is an abbreviated version of the comprehensive myGVSU Climate Survey, which is administered at least every three years. Results of the 2021 survey were previously shared with the university community and continue to inform our actions and work. Opportunities to participate in pulse surveys will be provided through 2025. Your participation will provide important insights into our progress toward our Reach Higher 2025 commitment to build a culture of educational equity.
Your participation will drive action. Based on survey findings, we will continue to identify and refine strategic initiatives and action plans to improve or enhance institutional climate. Many of the programs, initiatives, and policy changes related to diversity and inclusion at GVSU have been informed by previous studies. We will be transparent and open with the results. The results of the survey and continued efforts will be reported to all members of the community on this website.