Campus Climate and Intergroup Relations
The individual and group social interactions among the students, faculty and staff, and perceptions of institutional commitment to diversity.
Campus Climate Survey
The Association of American Colleges and Universities in partnership with the Research Institute for Studies in Education conducted an online campus climate survey during the spring 2013 semester. The Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory (PSRI) survey was designed to assess campus climate on five dimensions of personal and social responsibility that describe developmentally appropriate goals for students in college. These five dimensions consist of a) striving for excellence, b) cultivating academic integrity, c) contributing to the larger community, d) taking seriously the perspectives of others, and e) developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning.
The survey was administered to students and (academic) professionals at San Jose State University. Of the 27,293 SJSU students invited to take the survey, 3,257 responded (a response rate of 12%). Of the, 2,248 SJSU (academic) professionals invited to take the survey, 501 responded (a response rate of 23%).
PSRI survey responses were analyzed comparing SJSU data and national results. National results will be referred to as the benchmark. Results are presented through three different perspectives: 1) SJSU students versus their benchmark (student national results); 2) SJSU professional versus their benchmark (professional national results); and 3) SJSU student versus SJSU professionals.
Selected results of the survey are summarized below. A more detailed report will be available on the Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics website.
SJSU versus national benchmarks
- SJSU students rated their campus lower than their benchmark on all five dimensions.
- Except for three questions, SJSU professionals rated their campus lower than their benchmark for all five dimensions.
SJSU students versus SJSU professionals perspective:
SJSU students rate the overall climate for excellence on campus, the general climate for academic integrity, and the faculty role in academic integrity higher than SJSU professionals.
SJSU students and SJSU professionals rated communicating expectations about excellence, the general climate for contributing to the larger community, and the general climate for ethical and moral reasoning at about the same level.
SJSU professionals rated advocating for contributing to the larger community, the general climate of perspective taking, advocating for perspective taking, and sources of support for ethical and moral reasoning higher than SJSU students.