The mission of the campus climate survey is:

  1. To give voice to every student, faculty, and staff member to anonymously share their perspectives on the state of the campus in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  2. To provide clear, transparent reports of the collected data that serve as tools and inspiration for leadership at all levels of the university to enact meaningful change toward an inclusive and equitable campus where all people can thrive.
  3. To understand trends in our campus climate over time.

The processes for administering and reporting the survey are under constant review. Our team studies (and revises as appropriate) the content of the survey tool on an ongoing basis and looks to the survey to understand what deeper questions we should be asking ourselves as an institution.

Existing in tandem with other efforts by the overall campus, the survey is one element in a larger set of actions to build a more inclusive and thriving environment at the University of Iowa.

History and Purpose

Through an ongoing and evolving process, the University of Iowa assesses its campus climate for all stakeholders through diversity, equity, and inclusion lenses.

The first survey occurred in 2018, incorporating feedback from faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students. The second survey, in 2020, engaged faculty and staff. During the 2020-21 academic year–an unprecedented year for students worldwide–a general survey was conducted with the undergraduate and graduate students that included specific questions regarding student assessments of campus climate. Additionally, a dedicated campus climate survey was also issued to professional students.

The 2022 campus climate survey was administered to all students, faculty, and staff in March of 2022.  The next survey is planned for the Spring of 2024.

The campus climate survey is implemented and reported by the University of Iowa’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, with considerable involvement and support from faculty, staff, and students.

Building an culture of data-informed decisions

See the purpose, scope, and logistics of the Campus Climate Survey (CCS), the Working at Iowa Survey (WAI), and the Personal Health Assessment (PHA) to increase institutional awareness and use of the data gathered as part of each of these initiatives

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