Social & Education Policy

Campus Climate Studies Released to UI Community

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The results of a survey on campus climate at the University of Iowa (UI) were made public on Thursday, April 4 in the 2019-21 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion action plan, which aims to strengthen the campus climate to support students, staff, and faculty of all identities and backgrounds. The study was conducted by Sarah Bruch, Director of the Public Policy Center's Social and Education Policy Program; and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The goals of the action plan are to:

  • Create and sustain an inclusive and equitable institution
  • Recruit, retain, and advance a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
  • Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into UI's core academic mission
  • Enhance accountability, effectiveness, and collaboration of diversity efforts

The surveys were administered by email last spring, with a response rate of 33 percent among faculty, 21 percent for staff, and 19 percent for students. Bruch commented that the response rate was representative of the nationwide response, which is usually in the 20 percent range. Overall, approximately 70 percent of faculty, staff, and students felt somewhat or very satisfied with the UI environment.

Read additional news coverage of the study and action plan here: