Campus Climate Research

Pennsylvania State University professor Susan Rankin, the lead consultant on our Campus Climate Survey Team, defines campus climate as "the current attitudes, behaviors and standards of faculty, staff, administrators and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential."

"Respect" is one of the most critical words in this description. It's not just the experience of individuals and groups on a campus; it's also the quality and extent of the interaction among those various groups and individuals that determines a healthy campus climate.

Diversity and inclusion are extremely important aspects of campus climate. So why does campus climate matter? What makes it so important? Why are respect, diversity and inclusion so critical? That depends on the audience.

Climate Studies: