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KU Climate Study survey data being analyzed; Top participating units honored

Thursday, November 10, 2016

KU Climate StudyLAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Climate Study survey is in the history books, although there’s more work to do and winners to announce.

KU’s Climate Study consultant, Rankin and Associates, is distilling information from the data gathered from more than 9,500 students, faculty, staff and affiliates who responded to the “Your Voice. Your KU” climate study survey.  

The study is intended to gauge the university’s collective atmosphere that either helps community members succeed or holds them back. The survey was designed to identify aspects of university activity that foster a positive environment as well as uncover challenges facing the community. More than 37,000 individuals associated with all KU campuses were invited to take the survey between Sept. 13 and Oct. 14.

“Data are being analyzed and reports will be drafted and shared with the entire KU community during spring 2017,” said Nate Thomas, vice provost of diversity & equity and task force co-chair, along with Mike Rounds, associate vice provost for human resource management. The study steering committee, a subset of the task force, will help guide analysis in concert with the consultant. The final report from the study will help guide improvements to KU’s living, learning and working environment, which includes future diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

“We appreciate the time people committed to completing the survey as well as all the individuals who helped spread the word and encouraged participation,” Thomas said. “Across the institution, we saw groups that really rallied together to make sure their classmates and colleagues took this momentous survey.”

To honor and recognize university groups and units that garnered the highest rates of participation, the Office of the Provost is providing a cookie reception for five different units.  The constituents with greatest participation:

  • Undergraduate Students: School of Music
  • Graduate Students: School of Pharmacy 
  • Faculty: KU Libraries 
  • Staff (tie): Professional and Continuing Education (Edwards Campus) and the Office of Graduate Studies

About 4,000 individuals signed up to take part in prize drawings at the end of the survey.  More than 100 students and employees were randomly selected as prize winners. KU staff facilitating the climate study will contact the winners directly to relate the news and arrange for winners to receive their prize. 

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