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Campus Climate Survey Ends at UC Merced, Campus Reaches Participation Goal

March 13, 2013

The University of California’s systemwide Campus Climate survey, which provided faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students at all locations an opportunity to share their experiences of living, studying and working at the UC, ended at UC Merced on March 1. This campus, one of the last UC institutions to take the survey, reached its overall participation goal.

Slightly more than 31 percent of the entire campus population took the survey during the four weeks it was open at UC Merced, from Feb. 1 to March 1. Survey organizers wanted to achieve a minimum 30 percent participation rate to provide adequate results for assessment.

“We appreciate that so many of our students, faculty and staff took the time to participate in this important survey,” said Fuji Collins, assistant vice chancellor for Student Health and Wellness and co-chair of the campus’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion.

“The responses provided by participants will help our campus and the entire UC system to gauge its institutional climate and promote a culture of inclusiveness and respect for an enriched educational and work environment,” Collins said.

The Campus Climate survey, believed to be the largest campus climate study ever conducted in American higher education, sought feedback from more than 430,000 individuals about their experiences at the UC. Students, faculty and staff from all 10 campuses, five medical centers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Office of the President were invited to participate in the voluntary survey.

Survey reports and findings for each location will be published later this year. The data will be used to assess the institutional climate with a goal of developing or changing policies and programs that promote a healthy and welcoming learning, working and living environment.

Those who took the survey are eligible to win incentive prizes. Winners of systemwide and local prizes will be announced in mid-April.