|Submission Date||March 19, 2014|
University of Vermont
PAE-7: Measuring Campus Diversity Culture
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity in Diversity and Equity Unit
Has the institution assessed attitudes about diversity and equity on campus in a way that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the assessment(s):
UVM performs a campus climate survey periodically.
Year the assessment was last administered:
A brief description of how the results of the assessment(s) are used in shaping policy, programs, and initiatives:
The purpose of the campus climate study is to gather data on the campus community experiences on campus. The data is to help inform the university’s efforts to create a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive campus community.
The campus climate survey can be an important and helpful tool both in the assessment of the experiences of employees and students and in the development of diversity plans, policies, protocols and curriculum. Climate surveys can also provide strategic direction. Understanding how the University of Vermont community experiences workplace climate is important. Research in this area can contribute to the knowledge of discrimination, harassment, bullying, retention, sexual harassment, and other issues related to the well being and job satisfaction of an institution. With a goal to be among the nation’s premier small research universities, UVM’s academic and administrative leadership must be willing to engage in a resolute assessment of accomplishments and challenges. This kind of self-reflection is important to change the status quo and become a more inclusive, equitable and just institution. This level of awareness can only serve to help the institution understand its community and provide a baseline for future priorities and needs.
The website URL where information about the assessment(s) is available: