Frequently Asked Questions

What is Campus Climate?

According to Williams (2013), an institution must conduct a comprehensive diversity audit to achieve goals related to strategic planning and assessing the campus climate for diversity. The diversity audit assesses “institutional history, demographics, current offices, policies, initiatives, and priorities as they relate to diversity.”

Why is a positive campus climate important?

Current research maintains that positive personal experiences with university climate and positive perceptions of university climate generally equate to successful outcomes. Example successful outcomes include positive educational experiences and healthy identity development for students, productivity and sense of value for faculty and staff, and overall well-being for all.

Why is Agnes Scott College conducting a campus climate assessment?

In order to better understand the campus climate, the Agnes Scott senior administration recognized a need for a comprehensive assessment that would provide tangible metrics for students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. The Agnes Scott College Strategic Plan, Leading in a Global Society: Agnes Scott Reinvents the Liberal Arts for the 21st Century,  a focus on strengthening the college's commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence is clearly outlined. Conducting a campus climate assessment for diversity originated from interested students, faculty, and staff who believed data from such an endeavor will inform future initiatives that can strengthen the campus climate, improve inclusion-focused efforts, and demonstrate a campus-wide responsibility for fostering a productive intellectual community for all.

Isn't Agnes Scott doing well with diversity? What else do we need to know?

It is true that much has taken place to enhance diversity at Agnes Scott College. But, we know that there is much work to do to better the experiences of every member of the campus community. The college needs to utilize evidence-based data to both understand the needs of our diverse community members and strategically prioritize next steps in meeting our goals of being inclusive and welcoming to every member.  We view this as a process that should be ongoing and collaborative and incorporate perspectives from throughout the campus community.

What is the research design of the 2017 campus climate assessment?

The Campus Climate Assessment for Diversity will utilize a mixed method approach which includes the incorporation of both quantitative and qualitative inquiry. Please see a draft of the proposed study design in the presentation provided on this website.

What will be done with data from the assessment results?

Agnes Scott College will utilize the findings of the Campus Climate Assessment for Diversity to produce a Diversity Action Plan. An assessment of collected data will be synthesized in order to identify strengths and opportunities relative to diversity, equity, and inclusion campus-wide, and will include recommendations for key administrative leaders- including, but not limited to the President, Chief Diversity Officer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, etc. Strategic actions and a subsequent implementation plan will use the assessment data to build on the successes and addresses the challenges uncovered in the report.

Is there a place I can go to after I complete my survey to unpack some of my thoughts and feelings after having participated in surveys and/or focus groups or interviews?

We encourage participants who are faculty and staff to avail themselves of the Employee Assistance Program and students are encouraged to avail themselves of resources in our Wellness Center. 

How can I share questions and/or feedback?

Your questions and comments are very important as we move through this process. Please share by completing our feedback form.