Diversity Climate Surveys

Measuring Diversity Climate and Implementing Diversity Initiatives

Topics: Faculty Diversity, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs, Campus Climate, University Systems and Governance

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Research Questions

  • How do administrators measure diversity climate at their institutions (e.g., surveys, focus groups)?
  • What strategies to administrators employ to prevent bias and to encourage candid responses to diversity climate surveys?
  • What strategies do administrators offer to secure a high response rate?
  • How do administrators use survey results to further overall diversity goals on campus?


Diversity climate studies can be controversial and challenging. This brief highlights successful strategies for gaining campus support for climate studies and diversity initiatives, encouraging candid responses, and using survey results to inform wider diversity initiatives.