ERIC Number: ED373814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Cultural Pluralism Climate Survey Study.
Langan, A. Bud; Keeler, Laura
A campus climate study was conducted at Olympic College (OC), in Washington, to measure student, staff, and faculty perceptions of acceptance, support, and understanding of diverse groups on campus. Specifically, the student and staff survey instruments requested participants' level of agreement or disagreement with respect to 22 statements about the campus social and learning environment; sensitivity to ethnic, age, gender and physical differences; OC's role in encouraging diversity; accessibility; awareness of cultural differences; and student organizations and support services. Surveys were mailed to a sample of 1,755 main campus students and all 18 campus administrators, 93 full-time faculty, and 118 classified staff. Usable surveys were received from 1,138 students, 12 administrators, 28 faculty, and 54 classified staff, for a total of 1,232 responses. Responses were analyzed to determine heterogeneity or independence, significant differences in variance between groups, and differences among means. In general, students and staff were positive with respect to the acceptance of diversity at OC, although some areas for improvement were identified, including OC's role in helping people from diverse backgrounds work together, helping students understand what is unacceptable about mistreating people because of their differences, and providing curriculum and programs to address cultural diversity. The survey items, including tables of student and staff responses, a description of findings, and a brief recommendation for each, comprise the bulk of the report. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Olympic Coll., Bremerton, WA.