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Why Now?

Office of the President

Dear Campus Community,

At SVSU, we seek to create an environment characterized by openness, fairness, and equal access for all students, staff, and faculty. A welcoming and inclusive campus climate is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction, and is one of the foundations of our educational model. Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential is critically important.

SVSU President Donald J. BachandAs you may know, we are in the process of assessing how all members of our community experience the current campus climate via an Assessment of Learning, Living, and Working at SVSU. The goals of the project are multifold: 1) identify successful initiatives, 2) uncover any challenges facing members of our community, and 3) develop strategic initiatives to build on the successes and address the challenges.

I encourage you to take the time to help us understand the current climate at SVSU. The survey is designed to provide information about both positive and challenging aspects of our climate and is your opportunity to describe your personal experiences, your observations, and to offer suggestions for change that might enhance the campus climate at SVSU.

Be assured that all your answers will remain confidential and the results will be reported in group form only. You will not be identifiable as an individual. Your participation in this project is voluntary. This research has been reviewed and approved by the SVSU Institutional Review Board.

I urge you to take the 20-30 minutes needed to answer the questions by going to

Thank you in advance for your contribution to this vital project.


Donald J. Bachand