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Overview

In the 2014-15 academic year, Saginaw Valley State University will survey its faculty,students, staff about their experiences and pen and survey‌perceptions of campus or workplace climate. More than 12,000 individuals are invited to participate in this study – the first time in ten years.

This study is one part of SVSU’s ongoing efforts to foster a healthy and inclusive environment for all members of the university community. SVSU will use the findings from this study to develop new actions or initiatives, or enhance existing efforts, that will improve the working, living, and learning environments here.

The idea to conduct a university climate survey originated from interested students, fauclty and staff who believed data from such a survey will be useful in planning for the future and improving the SVSU climate. In Fall 2013, Rankin & Associates Consulting was contracted to conduct a climate study. Rankin & Associates is well known across the country in administering and analyzing climate surveys on university campuses. Their expertise is built on best practices, including:

  • The University should conduct a full study of its entire community, not just a sample of it
  • The study should include all constituent groups
  • The study should be administered by an external agency or consultant
  • The University should develop action plans to address climate issues

There are five phases for the project; the of the five phases began in Fall 2104. The project is expected to conclude with initial implementation of actions in 2016.