The State System and its universities are committed to cultivating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments that allow all members of the State System community to thrive. The position of
Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer was established in August 2020 to engage institutional and system leaders to develop, implement, and evaluate outcomes-based strategies that address inequities in all areas including but not limited to student access and achievement; faculty and staff recruitment and development; and campus receptivity. The work will be grounded in, will build upon, and will elevate the promising initiatives and thought leadership already occurring across the universities.
Systemwide Climate Survey
The State System's inaugural Systemwide Climate Survey was administered January 31 to March 4, 2022. The survey was distributed to all students and employees at our 14 universities and the System Office to learn more about their experiences so that we can assess and provide strategies to improve the campus and office climates across the State System.
The Systemwide Climate Survey supports the State System’s strategic priorities particularly developing Inclusive Communities and Enabling Infrastructures.
Across the State System, 8,240 students (11.7%), 2,070 faculty members (40.5%), 1,762 staff members (42.3%), and 971 non-represented employees (66.6%) completed the survey. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared your voice!
Cultivating inclusive communities is collective and ongoing work, and the State System is committed to ensuring that the Systemwide Climate Survey data is leveraged to promote processes and initiatives that are working toward this strategic priority.
Next steps for analyzing, studying, and acting on survey results are still in development, but include:
- University Reports: The DEI Office will be working with the Advanced Data Analytics Office to analyze the data and write initial reports for each university to highlight some key trends and processes for development.
- Systemwide Data Analysis & Utilization Working Group: This working group has representation from all shared governance groups and will provide feedback on the draft reports, as well as strategize around how universities and the State System can engage in processes like networked improvement communities and continuous improvement as one way to be accountable to the survey data.
Systemwide Climate Survey FAQ
What is DEI?
Diversity refers to differences among individuals (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status);
equity refers to fair (but not necessarily equal) treatment regardless of one’s starting point in life; and
inclusion refers to actions that foster feelings of being welcomed, respected, and valued.