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 the lenses of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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 across the world–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 next survey, in Spring 2022, will align our entire community of students, faculty, and staff onto the same timeline for climate assessments.

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 across campus.


  • Old Cap Winter 1

    Release of Student Survey Information

    Winter 2022

    This winter, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will share general reports of data from the 2021 student surveys:

    Professional Students Report

    Graduate Students Report 

    Undergraduate Students Report 

    The reports will be available publicly on the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s website, and a notice will be sent to all campus constituents via email.

    In conjunction with the release of the general report, staff from the division will engage in small-group conversations with leadership and units to discuss the data and next steps.

  • Herky on Old Cap

    2022 Campus Climate Survey Launches

    Spring 2022

    On March 29, 2022, the next cycle of campus climate surveys will be administered to students, faculty, and staff.

    A set of climate-specific questions will be added to the Student Experience in the Research University surveys (SERU) administered to undergraduate and graduate students while internally developed climate surveys will be sent to faculty, staff, and professional students.

  • Fall Campus

    Release of 2022 Survey Information

    Fall 2022

    After reviewing data from the Spring 2022 surveys, the division will oversee the release of general reports regarding student, faculty, and staff insights on campus climate.

    Concurrently, the campus climate survey team will directly engage leadership and unit representatives in smaller conversations to discuss the data and determine the next steps.

  • Spring Campus

    Begin the process for the 2024 Survey

    Spring 2023

    The campus climate survey team will assess the successes and challenges of the 2022 survey and begin to design and improve the process for the 2024 survey cycle.

    Additionally, the survey team will reengage leadership and unit representatives in follow-up conversations to understand progress and new (or continued) challenges in specific areas.