Campus Workplace Climate Survey
What is the Campus and Workplace Culture (CWC) Survey?
The University of Colorado system and each campus (Anschutz, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver) will be launching the Campus and Workplace Culture (CWC) Survey in the fall semester of 2021. There will be surveys for each of four populations: undergraduate students, graduate students, university and classified staff, and faculty. The University of Colorado is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all members of our community feel respected, supported, and valued. The purpose of the Campus and Workplace Culture Survey is to gather information from CU students, staff, and faculty about their campus environments.
About the CWC
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral parts of the CU strategic plan and specific metrics will result from the initial survey and action plans developed post-survey. Progress will be monitored through metrics, action plans and future survey administration. We will use the results from this survey to better understand our existing culture and to identify both strengths and areas of concern in order to make recommendations for creating and sustaining a just, equitable, and inclusive culture at CU.
|October 12, 2021||Surveys open|
|November 30, 2021||Surveys close|
|December 17, 2021||Release survey response rates,
respondent representativeness (by gender, race/ethnicity),
and results on 3 strategic metrics (civility, respect, and harassment))
|January 21, 2022||Survey results provided to campus leadership (frequency report)|
|February 10, 2022||Survey results presented to the Board of Regents|
|April 22, 2022||Complete results of phase 2 data analyses (e.g. crosstabulations)|
|June 23, 2022||
Phase 2 results presented to Board of Regents;
- Anonymity. Survey participants' privacy will be maintained. The UCCS Director of IR will manage the email distribution lists and deliver unique survey URLs to individuals in order to message respondents and non-respondents appropriately (e.g. to send reminders). Once an individual submits a survey, their email address and other metadata (such as a geolocation, browser, IP address) are removed from the data to ensure anonymity.
- Security. The surveys will be administered through the IR instances of Qualtrics and the data are encrypted in transit and at rest. For more information about Qualtrics' security, read their security statement.
- Duration. The surveys will take about 10-20 minutes to complete. Respondents may leave the survey and come back later to pick up where they left off by clicking the same link in their email invitation.
- Accessibility. The surveys are compatible with assistive technology such as screen readers. The surveys will be accessible on smartphones but we recommend completing the survey on a computer. If there is a documented need to translate the survey(s), we will do so; at this time, the surveys will be provided in English. UCCS intends to provide a computer lab or room on campus to allow students, faculty, or staff to complete the survey on a computer if they would like to do so.
- Population. Enrolled students and active employees will be invited to take the survey if they are 18 years or older at the beginning date of the survey. Individuals younger than 18 are protected minors and will not be invited to take the survey.
- Open-ended questions. There are no open-ended questions in the survey. This is intentional in order to uphold the confidentiality and anonymity of the survey and prevents comments from triggering investigations. (The surveys do not constitute reports about illegal behavior or misconduct. Various resources to report misconduct or to seek support are provided throughout the surveys and in the footer of the surveys.)
- Results. The IR Offices at each campus will close the surveys and work with Offices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion among other campus stakeholders who will develop communications, responses, and action plans to use the survey results to inform decisions and improve campus and workplace cultures. Reports and results will be available here on this website; any frequencies or crosstabulations that show small groups of 10 or fewer respondents will be suppressed to protect the identity of respondents who belong to that group. IR will not entertain ad-hoc requests to mine the data.
- Survey Instruments. There are four survey instruments customized for different populations within our campus community. The instruments are available upon request; please email email@example.com.
In 2019 CU launched the Diversity Engagement Survey (DES). DES was an initiative of the Board of Regents and administered by a third party. The survey had a low participation rate of 14% overall and 15.4% for Boulder, 8.8% for UCCS, 9% for Denver, 18.8% for Anschutz, and 48.3% for the system. In addition, the survey was not originally developed to have demographic questions on political affiliation or political philosophy. After consulting with system and campus leaders, CU has decided to transition to the Campus Workplace Climate Survey (CWC) which has already proved to have a participation rate between 53%-73% for faculty, staff and students on one of our campuses and allows us to have a more representative look at how different protected classes feel respected, supported, and valued at CU.
Campus Contacts & Websites
- Anschutz CWC will be led by Dr. Regina Richards (Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement), Jameel Mallory (Program Specialist), and Dave Deffenbacher (Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research)
- Boulder CWC will be led by Dr. Dyonne Bergeron (Assistant Vice Chancellor for Inclusion and Student Achievement), Valerie Simons (Associate Vice Chancellor & TItle IX Coordinator), Teresa Wroe (Senior Director of Education and Prevention & Deputy Title IX Coordinator), Julie Volckens (OIEC Director of Assessment), Robert Stubbs (Director for Institutional Research), Dr. Frances Costa (IR Senior Researcher), and Dr. Amy Biesterfeld-Nakatani (IR Assistant Director for Assessment)
- Colorado Springs CWC will be led by Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding (Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and Dr. Robyn Marschke (Director of Institutional Research)
- Denver CWC will be led by Antonio Farias (Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and Ian Whitman (Senior Data Analyst)
- System CWC will be led by Theodosia Cook (Chief Diversity Officer), Emily Osan (DEI Specialist), and Ryan Allred (Institutional Research Coordinator)