Spring 2021 Viewfinder Staff Survey
In Spring 2021, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) embarked on a campuswide effort involving the administration of campus climate surveys to students, staff, faculty, and administrators. Each group was administered a different survey instrument to focus on their unique experience on campus.
What is campus climate?
“The current attitudes, behaviors and standards of faculty, staff, administrators and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential.” (Susan Rankin, 2008)
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Respect for Identities
Staff who identify as a Person of Color agreed that they felt respected, particularly when it came to being respected by other staff.
agree that Multiculturalism is a core value of our institution's mission
Ability to Openly Express Identity
Staff report whether they can openly express their various identities on campus
- 78% believe they can express their LGBTQIA+ gender identity/expression
- 61% believe they can express their LGBTQIA+ sexual identity/orientation
- 42% believe they can express their Religious and Spiritual Beliefs
- 40% believe they can express their Political Views
Safety on Campus
feel safe on campus
Experiences on Campus
Staff were asked about their perception of the overall climate at CSUSM and their personal work experiences.
Exiting from CSUSM
Respondents were asked to share reasons why they may have considered leaving CSUSM.
are not adequate
No career advancement opportunities
Work not appreciated
Campus Commitment to Diversity Efforts
Themes From Open Ended Survey Questions
Have NOT felt excluded or
unwelcome on campus
"Personally I have not experienced feeling excluded and would not want anyone to have that feeling. I believe diversity and ethics are important.
Improve Climate for Varying
Thoughts & Opinions
“Please allow diversity of thought; this is missing on our campus.”
Lack of Political Diversity
"Create environment where it is okay to have different opinions, especially regarding politics."
The Survey Administration
The Viewfinder Campus Climate Survey was administered from April 13- May 4, 2021 to all staff n=783 employed during the Spring 2021 semester; 331 staff responded to the survey (42.3% response rate). This page summarizes quantitative and qualitative responses. Strongly Agree/Agree responses are combined.
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