Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The MSU Denver 2010 Campus Climate Survey process began in November 2009 and will run through spring 2010. It will include the complete workforce (all faculty and staff) of MSU Denver. The process has five phases.
- Phase I: Consensus and Survey Design
- Phase II: Communication, Marketing Plan and Diversity Symposium
- Phase III: Survey Implementation
- Phase IV: Data Analysis
- Phase V: Final Reports and Sharing of Results
The 2010 Campus Climate Survey Committee, chaired by Interim Associate to the President for Diversity, Myron Anderson, and including representatives from major leadership units in the College, convened in November 2009. At that time, it was given the charge from President Stephen Jordan to develop and administer the Campus Climate Survey and, in response to information gathered, develop implementation strategies for action items identified through the survey process.
The committee met in November and December to discuss the overall aspects of the survey, review possible survey materials and arrive at a consensus on the survey instrument, delivery methods and other phases of the study.
The committee developed the survey instrument in collaboration with ModernThink, the external firm hired to conduct the survey.
Completion date: December 2009
During this phase, the leadership team will develop a comprehensive communication and marketing plan to alert the MSU Denver community of the upcoming survey. In coordination with the MSU Denver communications staff, the leadership team will develop communications materials including letters of invitation, electronic and print marketing pieces, and the official website.
In addition, a Diversity Symposium will be held during the MSU Denver Professional Development Conference on January 14, 2010 to “kick-off” the Campus Climate Survey. The symposium will provide a forum to promote cultural competence, and an opportunity for the MSU Denver leadership to gain knowledge on campus diversity issues. Frank Tuitt, Ed.D., professor and chair of the Higher Education Program at the University of Denver, will provide a theoretical framework on inclusive excellence. This will be followed by a panel discussion made up of chief diversity officers, diversity specialists and recognized experts in the field of inclusiveness who will provide insight on diversity, best practices and how an institution can put theory into practice as it moves down the path to inclusive excellence.
Target Date for Completion: January 2010
ModernThink will administer the survey for two weeks, from February1-15, 2010. All faculty and staff members will be invited to take the survey hosted on ModernThink’s secure website.
On February 1, each MSU Denver employee will receive an e-mail invitation from ModernThink to participate in the survey, which includes a username and password for taking the survey. After clicking on the survey link, survey respondents will go directly to ModernThink’s website, where they will be asked to enter their assigned username and password.
Faculty and staff will be able to take the survey at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from work or from home on any computer. Internet access is required.
ModernThink and the Campus Climate Survey Committee will work together to achieve the highest possible response rates.
Target Date for Completion: February 15, 2010
During the month of March, ModernThink will analyze the data collected during the survey implementation. Specific tasks will include the following:
- Data coding and database management
- Data analysis (descriptive statistics, frequency tables)
- Initial development of overall institutional reports
Target Date for Completion: March 2010
In April, ModernThink will provide the MSU Denver Campus Climate Survey committee with institutional reports, to include an executive summary, data presentation, and report findings. The committee will disseminate the survey findings with the campus community. In addition, the committee will begin its review of the final report to begin to develop recommendations for MSU Denver leadership to address campus climate and diversity-related issues.
Target Date for Completion: April 2010