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What is a University Climate and Why is a Positive Climate Important?

Campus Climate survey poster

UMD is inviting students, faculty, and staff to take a survey.

Campus Climate Survey

It's important for all college campuses to pay attention to perceptions about their college or university. The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is no exception. That's why it is encouraging the entire campus community to weigh in by taking a campus climate survey.

The phrase "campus climate" refers to the attitudes among students, faculty, staff, and/or administrators about the campus atmosphere. A climate assessment needs many voices, representing all areas of the university, to make it strong. UMD is encouraging wide participation.

Take the Campus Climate Survey. It's completely anonymous.

Individuals can enter to win prizes such as free parking passes or $100 Visa gift cards. Eligibility for the prize drawings is not attached to the confidential survey responses. 

The survey will only take 20-30 minutes. It asks for descriptions of personal experiences and observations, and there is the opportunity to offer suggestions. All answers will remain confidential and the results will be reported in group form only.

This survey of all students, staff and faculty will help identify successful initiatives, uncover challenges facing members of UMD's community, and develop strategic initiatives to build on the successes and address the challenges.

Susana Pelayo-Woodward and Paula Pedersen, Campus Climate Co-Chairs are pleased to see so many people already taking the survey. "We encourage everyone at UMD to take the survey," said Susana. Paula agreed. "The more people who take it, the more information we will have to make UMD the best place possible," she said.

Take the Survey.

Learn more: Climate Survey Info | Climate Survey Presentation | Climate Survey FAQs | Campus Climate Initiative | Previous Surveys

Cheryl Reitan, October 2015.

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