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Overview

In the 2014-15 academic year, Saginaw Valley State University surveyed its faculty,students, staff about their experiences and pen and survey‌perceptions of campus or workplace climate. More than 12,000 individuals were 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 used the findings from this study to develop new actions and initiatives, and enhanced existing efforts, in an effort to improve the working, living, and learning environments here.

The idea to conduct a university climate survey originated from interested students, faculty and staff who believed data from such a survey is 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 first of the five phases began in Fall 2104. The project concluded with initial implementation of actions in 2016.

Results of the 2014 Campus Climate Survey resulted in innovative and data-driven programming intended to open dialogue and increase understanding on campus.

A few examples are:

  • Inclusion of Campus Climate in SVSU Core Values Statement (“Diversity and Inclusivity” and “A safe, friendly and respectful campus climate”)
  • SVSU Strategic Plan 2016 -2020 GOAL 2. Our people, climate and culture transform lives charges us to increase cultural understanding, tolerance, equity, and inclusion for all members of the SVSU campus community
  • Cultural Competency Dialogue Sessions
  • The PRIDE Center @ SVSU
  • Step-Up Cardinal Initiative
  • Think Cardinal Program
  • Sexual Assault Prevention Training
  • A more inclusive Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Statement

Contact Us

mtthorns@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4068(989) 964-4068

Climate Survey Chair

Dr. Mamie Thorns
Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Programs