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Campus Climate Assessment - Frequently Asked Questions

What is university climate?

Dr. Susan Rankin of Rankin & Associates Consulting, which is serving as the outside consultant for Armstrong State University’s climate survey, defines university climate as, “the current attitudes, behaviors, standards and practices of employees and students of an institution.” The climate is often shaped through personal experiences, perceptions and institutional efforts.

Why is Armstrong State University conducting a climate survey?

The idea to conduct a university climate survey originated from interested students, faculty, and staff who believed data from such a survey might be useful in planning for the future and improving the Armstrong State University climate

Who will be conducting the survey?

The Climate Study Working Group (CSWG), which includes a cross section of students, faculty and staff, is charged with conducting Armstrong State University’s climate survey. After a review of potential vendors, the committee selected Rankin & Associates Consulting to conduct the survey. Rankin & Associates reports directly to the committee. Although the CSWG will regularly update the Armstrong State University community about its progress, the committee—in consultation with Rankin & Associates—is solely responsible for the development, implementation and interpretation of the survey and its results.

Dr. Susan Rankin (Rankin & Associates Consulting), is the consultant working directly with us on this project. Dr. Rankin is an emeritus faculty member of Education Policy Studies and College Student Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. She has extensive experience in institutional climate assessment and institutional climate transformation based on data-driven action and strategic planning. Dr. Rankin has conducted multi-location institutional climate studies at more than 120 institutions across the country. She developed and utilizes the Transformational Tapestry model as a research desgin for campus climate studies. The model is a "comprehensive, five-phase strategic model of assessment, planning and intervention. The model is designed to assist campus communities in conducting inclusive assessments of their institutional climate to better understand the challenges facing their respective communites." (Rankin & Reason, 2008).