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To help you better understand the UMB Campus Climate Survey we have developed these FAQs.
If you have any questions about the survey or campus resources, please contact Ms. Courtney Jones Carney, MBA, Director of Interprofessional Student Learning & Service Initiatives, at Courtney.Carney@umaryland.edu or Ms. Mikhel A. Kushner, JD, MSW, Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator, at Mikhel.Kushner@umaryland.edu. Please visit the resources page for more information on internal and external resources.
Campus climate is the attitudes, perceptions, experiences, and institutional efforts both inside and outside of the classroom that shape an environment. An institution's campus climate influences how different individuals experience different environments as it relates to feelings of safety, inclusion, and respect.
*This definition has been adapted by Woodard, V. S., & Sims, J. M. (2000). Programmatic approaches to improving campus climate. NASPA Journal, 37, 539–552. and Cress (2002) and Cress, C. M. (2002). Campus climate. In A. M. Martinez, & K. A. Renn (Eds.), Women in higher education: An encyclopedia (pp. 390–397). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.
Understanding how individuals and groups who have diverse identities experience the same University can inform the development of strategies to positively shape the campus climate.
A campus climate survey is an assessment tool used to gather data which will be analyzed for a better understanding of the University’s strengths, opportunities, and challenges related to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Yes, not only will your results be confidential, they will also be anonymous. This means that there is no way to connect you to your survey answers. If you choose to provide comments about your experiences, any personally identifying information will be deleted in reports of the survey results.
Although the survey invitation and reminders will come from Campus Life Services, the survey itself is being administered through the Education Advisory Board (EAB). EAB is a best practice education research firm located in Washington, DC.
Since 2015, EAB has worked with more than 60 unique colleges and universities to successfully launch campus climate surveys on their respective campuses. By collaborating with EAB, the University of Maryland, Baltimore is able to gain cross-institutional insight of campus climate. Additionally, partnership with an outside entity may provide some students with a greater sense of confidentiality and anonymity.
Yes, 50 institutions committed to issuing the campus climate survey through EAB. Each participating institution will receive a cross-institutional report from EAB.
Currently a task force is being assembled to develop a response plan. The task force will consist of representatives from the seven schools as well as central administration and Campus Life Services. The task force is committed to using the results to take action toward an improved UMB climate. Please continue to check this webpage for updates.