Dean for Institutional Diversity

Campus Climate Survey

Proposal for use of Climate Study Data:
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Climate Survey Results

Executive Summary

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Purpose of the Survey

To examine the learning, living, and working environment at Reed College.

Project Background Information

The Campus Climate Survey is a project undertaken by the Office for Institutional Diversity to assess the “current attitudes, behaviors, and standards of faculty, staff, administrators, and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities, and potential” at Reed.[1]

Assessing how members of our community experience Reed’s social and academic climate will better enable us to both develop programs and policies that will increase inclusivity in areas that are shown to be problematic and enhance and replicate programs and policies in areas which are shown to be successfully meeting the needs of the community.

The college has contracted Rankin & Associates to help lead this effort. Dr. Rankin has led more than 70 campus climate surveys in her over 35 years in the academy. She is on the faculty at Penn State University and her research focuses on climate assessment.

Project Scope of the Work

Generally, there are three dominant stages of development for the survey: creating the survey, implementing the survey, and assessing the data and developing strategic actions based on the survey results.

Spring 2012—Creating the Survey Instrument

During this stage the Campus Climate Working Group (CCWG) will meet weekly to develop the survey instrument. In order to help us craft the most Reed-specific survey possible, we will run 16 focus groups to assist the CCWG in developing the survey questions. Trained facilitators from Rankin & Associates will lead focus groups, and the qualitative information gleaned from the groups will help the CCWG further tailor the survey to Reed. Information provided by focus group participants will be treated with respect and names of focus group members will remain confidential. It is important to note that the focus groups are not the survey and participants of the focus groups are only providing information about their experiences at Reed; they are not speaking on behalf of any group or subgroup of people. That is why it is important that we populate the focus groups with as many people as is manageable and necessary to gain a thorough understanding of issues of particular import. It is also important to note that while we are not able to have focus groups on every area of interest to us, we will have qualitative information from many members of our community.

Fall 2012—Implementation of the Survey

Once the survey instrument is completed, it will be distributed electronically to all members of the Reed community. For those members of the community who do not have access to an internet-connected computer, we will provide a space on campus where the survey can be taken and/or we will provide paper-based surveys.

Spring 2013—Assessing the Data and Developing Recommendations

Following the survey administration, Rankin & Associates will assess the data and facilitate a discussion regarding the development of strategic actions. The Campus Climate Working Group will take those recommendations and develop an action-plan. The results of the survey will be presented to the entire community.

Reed College Campus Climate Working Group (CCWG)

The project is being led by the dean for institutional diversity with the help of the members of the Campus Climate Working Group (CCWG). Members of the CCWG have signed confidentiality agreements to ensure that sensitive material related to the composition of the focus groups remains confidential. Members of the group are:

Santi Alston (Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Engagement & Success)
Amber Appleton (Human Resources Specialist)
Caitlin Bergeon (Office for Institutional Diversity)
Mike Brody (Vice President/Dean of Student Services)
Arthur Glasfeld (Professor of Chemistry)
Doris Hall (Office Manager, Facilities Services)
Connie Helleson (Former Director, Human Resources)
Charlene Makley (Associate Professor, Anthropology)
Nora McLaughlin (Registrar)
Brian Moore (Student)
Kathy Oleson (Professor, Psychology)
Melissa Osborne (Student)
Sonia Sabnis (Assistant Professor, Classics & Humanities)
Mike Tamada (Director, Institutional Research)
Michelle Valintis (Director, Human Resources)
Crystal Williams (Chair; Dean for Institutional Diversity)

What You Can Do To Help

  1. Take the survey; the more people who participate, the more accurate our results.
  2. If asked, participate in the focus group; focus groups are going to help us really tailor the survey to Reed College. Your voice is tremendously important!
  3. Query us at if you have any questions. We realize that this process is likely to dislodge some discomfort, questions, etc. Please feel free to contact us. We may not be able to change course, but we can certainly take your interests and concerns into consideration.


October 24 - Survey opens

November 7 - Survey closes

Early Spring 2013 - Data assessment by Rankin & Associates

Tuesday, May 14: Presentations to Reed Community
12:00-1:30 p.m., Eliot Hall Chapel
2:00-3:30 p.m., Eliot Hall Chapel
4:15-5:45 p.m., Eliot Hall Chapel


[1]Definition provided by Rankin & Associates.