The CU system and campuses in October will launch the Campus and Workplace Culture (CWC) Survey, designed to gather information about community members’ academic, workplace and residential environments.
The system has been working collaboratively with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) leaders, compliance officers and institutional research professionals across the campuses to support the launch.
CU leadership is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all feel respected, supported and valued. Survey results will be used to better understand our existing culture and to identify strengths and areas of concern in order to make recommendations for creating and sustaining a just, equitable and inclusive culture at CU.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral parts of the CU strategic plan; specific metrics will result from the initial survey, followed by action plans to be developed post-survey. Progress will be monitored through metrics, action plans and future survey administration.
When the survey launches this fall, a unique link will be sent to your CU email address. The link will connect to the online survey, which will require 10-20 minutes to complete.
In 2019, CU launched the Diversity Engagement Survey (DES), an initiative of the Board of Regents and administered by a third party. The survey had a low participation rate of 14% overall and 15.4% for CU Boulder, 8.8% for UCCS, 9% for CU Denver, 18.8% for CU Anschutz, and 48.3% for system administration. In testing the upcoming survey, response rates across units have ranged from 60% to 100%.
This survey builds on the CU Boulder undergraduate and graduate student 2014 Social Climate Surveys and the CU Boulder 2015 Sexual Misconduct Survey. These surveys’ student-focused questions then were used to create comparable questions for faculty and staff in order to gather a more complete picture of university culture. The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) and the Office of Data Analytics (ODA) at CU Boulder, along with many campus partners, collaborated to develop and refine the survey; over 5,000 CU Boulder students, staff and faculty participated in the three-year pilot testing phase of development.
After responses are gathered through November, the Board of Regents will review initial results for questions related to the strategic plan, followed by the development of action plans later in 2022.
Click here for more information on the survey.