ERIC Number: ED377934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Campus Climate Student Survey, Spring 1994.
San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.
A study was conducted at the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) in California to assess students' perceptions of the campus climate and their college experience. A 65-item questionnaire was administered in-class to a 10% random sample of the spring 1994 student population, and a shorter version of the survey instrument had been included in registration packets the previous semester. The survey focused on student-faculty interactions, curriculum content, availability of support services, campus image, and racial/ethnic issues. Study findings included the following: (1) 86.4% of the respondents were excited about going to school; (2) 85.9% felt comfortable and had a sense of belonging; (3) 86.2% felt that they were given the respect of adults; (4) 83.0% indicated that they would enroll in the same campus if starting over again; (5) 80.1% felt that staff treated all students fairly and equally; (6) 85.8% felt that faculty and staff were helpful and supportive; (7) over 85% of the students indicated that they had never or seldom heard a disparaging comment about racial/ethnic minorities by faculty or staff, though 37% indicated that they occasionally or frequently heard students make such comments; (8) about 25% of the Mesa College and City College respondents indicated that they had occasionally or frequently been treated rudely by faculty (21.0%), staff (23.3%), and students; and (9) students seemed less concerned with student-faculty interaction, curriculum content, faculty composition, or diversity issues than they were with parking, the physical appearance of campus facilities, costs of fees and books, and safety. Based on study findings, it was recommended that the district hold a series of student focus groups and conduct a longitudinal tracking study to determine the effects of differential experiences on student outcomes measures. The survey instrument is appended. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.