Culture and Climate Survey

Culture and Climate Survey

Our University has taken several significant steps in recent years to prioritize our commitment to inclusive excellence. In 2018, as part of our comprehensive strategic planning process, we conducted surveys and held open forums that were well attended by members of our campus community. The feedback we received demonstrated that diversity, equity, and inclusion were defining elements of our institutional identity, which is why we included inclusive excellence as one of the five 2040 goals of our strategic plan.

In 2019, President Geoffrey S. Mearns created the President’s Advisory Council on Inclusive Excellence (PACIE). Members of this council helped create our first Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan. At PACIE’s recommendation, the university conducted a Campus Climate Survey in April 2022 using the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) instrument.

Climate surveys measure participants’ perceptions of an institution’s climate, including the quality and extent of the interaction between various groups and individuals. Additionally, it looks at perceptions of how the institution supports diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Conducting this climate survey presented an opportunity for us to gather thoughtful input from our students, faculty, and staff regarding the perceptions of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. Information from this survey will help us to determine what is working well and where more progress is needed in our ongoing efforts to advance inclusive excellence at Ball State.

The results of the climate survey will be shared with the campus community through a series of town halls starting in fall 2023.

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Additional questions? Contact the Office of Inclusive Excellence.