Administration of the 2014 Undergraduate Student Social Climate Survey was completed in December of 2014. Eighteen percent of undergraduates responded to the survey. Respondents were generally very similar to the overall student body with respect to race/ethnicity, class level (freshman, sophomore, etc.), and college/school program. Although the majority of students at CU-Boulder are male (55%), the majority of survey respondents were female (55%).
In this summary, the social climate at CU-Boulder is investigated through an examination of respondents’ experiences that are considered as: a) general; b) personal based on social identities; c) perceived experiences of other students based on social identities; d) classroom; and e) residence hall. In addition, the summary provides an analysis of where respondents felt comfortable going if they had concerns related to some aspect their social identity and if they knew where to report acts of discrimination or harassment that they had experienced or witnessed at CU-Boulder.
In the late fall of 2014 a graduate student-specific campus social climate survey was administered at CU-Boulder. The survey was the culmination of joint efforts by the Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis, the Graduate School, and the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS). 4,237 graduate students (2,561 doctoral and 1,767 masters level) were invited to participate in the survey. Overall, 1,603 graduate students (962 doctoral, 641 masters) responded yielding an overall 38% response rate (38% doctoral, 36% masters). These response numbers and rates provide reasonably reliable data upon which specific issues can be identified and responses to those issues can be designed and implemented.
In the spring and summer of 2015, the survey data were subjected to a comprehensive analysis. During this analysis phase a broadly representative Graduate Student Climate Task Force was created and was comprised of graduate students (from UGGS and from across campus), faculty, and representatives from the Ombuds office, Housing and Dining Services, the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, the Office of Planning, Budget, and Analysis, and the Graduate School. The task force has been meeting regularly since August and has been engaged in focused discussions to understand and interpret the survey results, to begin to design and implement responses to the results of the survey., and to think about how to improve the campus climate more generally.