ERIC Number: ED329202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Toward an Understanding of Campus Climate: A Report to the Legislature in Response to Assembly Bill 4071 (Chapter 690, Statutes of 1988). Report 90-19.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
This report addresses the issue of the differing levels of educational success experienced by college students of various racial-ethnic backgrounds, through evaluating the feasibility of developing an educational equity assessment system to provide information on perceptions of California campus climate. The report examines the nature of campus climate and its effect on students' perceptions, knowledge, skills, and competencies. Part 1 discusses the impetus for the study and describes its implementation. Part 2 describes the statewide context for studying campus climate. Part 3 outlines the methodology that the California Postsecondary Education Commission used to collect information on campus climate from students, faculty, and staff at eight California colleges and universities. Part 4 summarizes participants' perceptions concerning faculty, curriculum, academic support, student life, campus image, leadership, and community involvement. The report concludes that it is feasible to describe campus climates and identify factors perceived as contributing to or detracting from educational achievement, and that institutional self-assessments of campus climate should be criterion-referenced. Three appendixes include a prospectus for legislative action on differential treatment, the text of Assembly Bill 4071, and a listing of the members of the Educational Equity Assessment System Advisory Committee. Includes 10 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Campuses, College Students, Educational Environment, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Ethnic Groups, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Public Colleges, Self Evaluation (Groups), State Colleges, State Legislation, Student Attitudes
Publications Office, California Postsecondary Education Commission, Third Floor, 1020 Twelfth St., Sacramento, CA 95814-3985.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.