Social Climate Survey set to conclude on Sunday

CU faculty, staff, students encouraged to provide input

The CU Social Climate Survey, a priority of the Board of Regents, will close on Sunday, meaning CU faculty, staff and students have only a few more days to provide their input.

The survey, which requires about 10 minutes to complete, must be accessed via a link included in emails that were sent systemwide last month. A reminder email with notification of the survey closing was distributed Wednesday. All members of the CU community are reminded to check their inboxes and take the survey.

Administration will share results when available and begin discussions through normal governance processes about how data may be used to ensure CU provides the best educational and workplace experience possible.

The survey initially launched in early April. Regents and administrators soon heard a variety of feedback from Faculty Council and others that the amount of detailed demographic information the survey asked for could potentially identify particular respondents. Because of the perception, faculty leaders suggested that some members of the university community might not take the survey. A revamped version of the survey launched late last month.

The Social Climate Survey originated with a regent resolution in September, which passed unanimously, that aims to determine how well the CU community is meeting the university’s guiding principle and core value of promoting diversity in all its forms. While surveys have been conducted previously on campuses, this is the first that attempts to measure progress on a systemwide basis.

Diversity is among the Board of Regents’ 12 guiding principles. It states the university commitment to, “Promote faculty, student and staff diversity to ensure the rich interchange of ideas in the pursuit of truth and learning, including diversity of political, geographic, cultural, intellectual and philosophical perspectives.”

For more information on the survey, see the FAQs.

 

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