Purdue University Calumet Campus Climate Survey Results. Richard Day, Ph.D. Richard Day Research November 27, 2009. Table of Contents. I. Summary. The overall responses indicate that full time faculty and staff generally feel: Respected Physically safe Listened to
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Richard Day, Ph.D.
Richard Day ResearchNovember 27, 2009
The overall responses indicate that full time faculty and staff generally feel:
This is based on ratings that are above the mid point. However, there are groups that feel less safe, respected and listened to. Any resources directed to them will produce maximum improvements in the Campus Climate.
While it is difficult to get an “apples to apples” comparison the responses from Purdue Cal appear to be in line with their peer institutions.
Campus Climate is important.
Even more important :
Respondents feel that career advancement is constrained by a lack of budget and openings, much more than issues of gender, race, age, etc.
Recruiting for Diversity: Difficulty, Effort, Importance
Members of the service staff are the consistently lowest in:
Purdue University Calumet is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values, the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to reach his or her own potential.
-Multi-Cultural Campus Council Charter, September 16, 2005.
The questions are the product of collaboration between RDR and MCCC.
As a guide for this study, we used the document from the 2008 survey that outlined four items of campus climate:
We added a section to fit Campus Climate within a context.
This report is based on the responses of 262 full-time faculty and staff members.
Data were collected between September 15 – October 9, 2009.
Invitations were sent out three times to encourage response.
The respondents were weighted to match the population of full-time faculty and staff within their employee work groups and by race within those work groups.
Campus Climate issues appeared along with issues important to every institution of higher education – to understand where and how Campus Climate fits.
The responses indicate that all of the items are important.
most important: Emphasizing excellent instruction and Preparing students for employment after college are the top 2
least important: Institutional prestige and Promoting gender diversity were rated.
Of the peer institutions (UCO and SIUE), issues of institutional prestige and national image were more highly ranked than issues of diversity.
Q1-3. Please rank your opinion of the importance for Purdue Cal of each item (0-10); Which are the three most important items in your opinion? Of the 3 you selected which ONE is the most important? Which are the three least important items in your opinion? Of the 3 you selected which ONE is the least important?
To understand to whom Campus Climate issues are more important we used a stepwise multiple regression.
By far the strongest predictor is being a member of the Service Staff. The second was being African American.
Q1. Please rank your opinion of the importance for Purdue University Calumet of each item below. (0-10 scale; 0=“not at all important", 10=“it couldn’t be more important“)
Q8. How well informed are you about programs that promote and celebrate diversity at Purdue Cal? (0-10; 0="not well informed", 10="extremely well informed”)
21% offered ideas about a problem and saw them acted upon.
Q9. Have you ever offered your ideas and opinions about a problem regarding life on campus to a person in authority? If yes, do you feel that you were listened to respectfully? Do you think that your ideas/opinions were acted upon?
In the 2008 climate study, Purdue Cal is on par with its peer institutions in fostering an environment where employees feel that they are free to express themselves.
55% correctly identified the TRIO program; 45 % were either incorrect or did not know.
Q4. With which statement do you agree most?
The importance of personal safety was established in Question 1, where it was ranked near the top of all issues (8.4 on a 0-10 scale).
The best demographic predictors of feeling unsafe:
By far the strongest predictor was being a service staff member
Secondary predictors are:
Q11. Overall, how personally safe do you feel when doing your work at Purdue Cal? (0-10; 0=“extremely unsafe”, 10=“extremely safe”)
Of the 262 respondents, 3 indicated that they had ever been physically assaulted while on Purdue Cal grounds.
Summary of three assaults:
Q15-16. Have you ever been physically assaulted while on Purdue Cal grounds? Further details (When did the assault occur? Where?, etc.)
Of the 262 respondents, 34 (13%) indicated they know someone who has been assaulted at least once on Purdue Cal grounds.
6 individuals know someone who was sexually assaulted on campus.
Victims were mostly
Q17COMB. Do you personally know someone who has been physically assaulted while on Purdue Cal grounds? Describe the person you know who most recently suffered the assault.
12 people reported assaults that occurred in 2009.*
Campus Public Safety reports 13 physical assaults on record for 2009.
Safety on campus is a top-of-mind concern for Purdue Cal faculty and staff.
NOTE: The numbers on this slide report the number of individuals who know a person who was assaulted, NOT the number of assaults. Counts may be inflated as multiple respondents may report the same assault, and information about an assault may be hearsay.
* Includes all of October, survey data collected only through October 9.
Q17d. When did the most recent event occur?
Q18. Was the most recent incident reported to the proper authorities?
The Univ. Michigan-Dearborn was the only peer institution with available data about personal safety.
Career advancement is most constrained by the lack of openings and budget, not demographics (race, gender, age, etc.).
In the 2008 survey, the 4 most frequently identified reasons with regard to unfair treatment were:
Q21-22. In your opinion, how much of your advancement at Purdue Cal is constrained by the following:
(0-10; 0="extremely constrained”, 10="not at all constrained”)
Step wise regression indicates:
By far, those who feel the most constrained
Q21. In your opinion, how much of your advancement at Purdue Cal is constrained by the following:
(0-10; 0="extremely constrained”, 10="not at all constrained”)
Recruiting racial minorities is seen as more difficult by:
Generally, ratings hover around neutral (5.0) for the difficulty in recruiting for diversity .
Q23. Please rank the difficulty you perceive in recruiting the following people for open positions in your department-work group. (0-10; 0="extremely difficult", 10="not at all difficult")
Q24. Please rank your opinion of Purdue Cal's efforts to recruit the following for open positions in your department/work group.
(0-10; 0="no effort", 10="maximum effort")
Q25. Please rank the importance to you of Purdue Cal recruiting the following for open positions in your department/work group
(0-10; 0=“extremely unimportant", 10=“extremely important")
While the questions in the other studies were very different certain trends did emerge:
Generally, staff members feel respected, as evidenced by ratings typically in the 6’s and 7’s on the 0-10 scale. However, there are some who feel less respected.
The strongest demographic predictors (regression) of feeling treated disrespectfully:
Service Staff (by far)
Q26. Please rate your work group/department on overall respect. (0-10; 0=“complete disrespect”, 10=“complete respect”)
Lower scores overall from staff as opposed to faculty, especially:
Most gave neutral scores, with the exception of African Americans (2.6).
Service staff gave very low ratings for:
Q20. Please rank the existing level of support for advancement in your department/work unit. (0-10; 0="non-existent“,10="perfect“).
Q19. Please rate how clear the procedures are for you to advance at Purdue Cal. (0-10; 0="very vague", 10="extremely clear”).
Q27. Please rate how respected you feel for the work you do at Purdue Cal by the administration. (0-10; 0="extremely disrespected", 10="perfectly respected”).
Q27. Please rate how respected you feel for the work you do at Purdue Cal by the administration.
Q10. Generally when speaking with a co-worker/colleague, how respected do you feel?
(0-10; 0="extremely disrespected", 10="perfectly respected”)
Those in the Schools of Engineering, Math & Science and Nursing feel the most respected (scores in the high 6s and 7s).
Those in the Schools of L.A.S. and Education feel slightly less respected.
Q26. Please rate your work group/department on overall respect. (0-10 scale; 0=“complete disrespect, 10=“complete respect”)
Q27. Please rate how respected you feel for the work you do at Purdue Cal by the administration. (0-10 scale; 0="extremely disrespected", 10="perfectly respected“)
Q7. How well does the person to whom you report keep you informed of the issues that help you do your job to the best of your abilities?
(0-10 scale; 0 =“not well informed", 10="extremely well informed“)
More Frequently Disrespected
Q28_a. If you have been treated with disrespect, how often?
(0-10; 0=“very often”, 10=“hardly ever”); higher score is better (i.e. treated disrespectfully less often)
More Frequently Disrespected
Q29_0. How often are people treated disrespectfully at Purdue Cal?
(0-10; 10=“hardly ever”, 0=“very often”). Lower score is better, i.e. treated disrespectfully less often