I am pleased to report that the results of the University-wide Climate Survey of the University of Illinois are now available at http://www.uillinois.edu/climatesurvey/.  

The primary finding of the survey is that faculty, students and staff generally have a positive perception of overall climate.  Across the University the mean ratings of faculty, students and staff are 3.5, 3.7, and 3.4 respectively, on a scale where 1 is least favorable and 5 is most favorable.  For faculty and staff the most important component in explaining differences in ratings is a grouping of questions we named Professional Work Environment; for students, Social Environment and Integration.  

I also direct you to the executive summary and the reports published on the website for a rich snapshot of our University climate.   The staff of the UIC Survey Research Laboratory continues to analyze and synthesize the over 17,000 survey responses, and the website will be updated as more findings are available.  

The purpose of the University-wide Climate Survey was to assess the perceptions relating to the campus, workplace, and academic environment and we were successful in that endeavor for a first-time effort.  We have learned that though the climate is rated generally positive, there are areas the three campuses and the University Administration should review.  To that end, a cross-campus committee is being named to coordinate the campuses' responses to the findings.

I extend my appreciation to the many who participated in the survey, those who worked to analyze the findings, and all who will undertake a study of the results.  The University is committed to improving climate where improvement is needed, striving for a positive environment for all its students and its employees.

Christophe Pierre
Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Illinois

377 Henry Administration Building
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL  61801


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