ERIC Number: ED374854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Campus Climate Survey.
Mattice, Nancy J.
A survey was conducted at College of the Canyons (COC) to assess the current status of the campus climate. The survey instrument focused on students' experiences, attitudes about diversity issues, and suggestions for improving the climate for diversity. The survey was mailed to all disabled and under-represented racial/ethnic group students plus a sample of white and Asian populations (N=1,770). Since minorities were oversampled, results were differentially weighted to compensate for bias. Selected survey findings, based on a 30% response rate, included the following: (1) 5% of the respondents felt they had been discriminated against at least occasionally because of their race/ethnicity or age, with Asian/Pacific Islanders most likely to report such experiences; (2) 5% indicated that they had been discriminated against by students; (3) 19% reported having heard "insensitive or disparaging comments" about racial/ethnic minorities by students, 27% had heard students making such comments about gays and lesbians, and 16% had heard negative comments about women; (4) 25% had had at least occasional discussions about sexism with members of the opposite gender which affected them in a positive manner, while 18% had such discussions which affected them negatively; (5) 80% thought that diversity was a good thing for COC and that it should be actively promoted; (6) students felt that it was desirable to create ways for different racial/ethnic groups to interact, and most were opposed to separation and segregation. The survey instrument is attached. (KP)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Diversity (Institutional), Educational Environment, Mail Surveys, Minority Groups, Organizational Climate, Questionnaires, Racial Bias, Sex Discrimination, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA.