As you know, the Penn State Community Survey for students, faculty, staff, and administrators at all campuses is an important component of our work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Respondents have until Friday, February 28, 2020, to share their views and experiences related to community and DEI, help operationalize the University’s values, and create a stronger Penn State community. Aggregated results will help administrative and academic units with strategic planning goals and assessment.
To get an accurate picture of strengths and areas for growth, it is critical to hear from people with different backgrounds and ideas. For those with strong opinions, the Penn State Community Survey is an opportunity to speak up and be heard. Our collective support should encourage students, faculty, staff, and administrators to voice their perspectives.
More information can be found at communitysurvey.psu.edu and you may direct questions and non-confidential feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org (these notes go directly to Sonia DeLuca Fernández and Karen Vance, project co-chairs). The Penn State News post on this project has a nice overview.
Project quick facts:
- It takes about 15 minutes to complete the confidential survey.
- Every 100th respondent will receive an Amazon or Starbucks gift card (in amounts ranging from $10 to $50).
- This is the first University-wide survey that engages the perspectives of all Penn State students, faculty, staff and administrators, on community, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- All Penn State community members received their link to the survey on Monday, February 3 (the email will came from Marcus Whitehurst and Lance Kennedy-Phillips at email@example.com).
- The survey is being administered by a third party, the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium.
- Data stripped of names, IDs, and email addresses will be provided to a small Penn State research team in the Office of Planning, Assessment and Institutional Research (OPAIR) mid-summer; and reports will be provided to budget executives in the fall.
- Individual-level data will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team.
- Using survey results, consultants from OPAIR and the Office of Educational Equity will assist administrative and academic units in creating action steps aligned with the strategic plan to improve the climate.
Thank you for your support of the Penn State Community Survey. If you have additional questions, reach out to project co-chairs Sonia DeLuca Fernández, associate vice provost for educational equity, and Karen Vance, assistant vice provost for institutional research, at firstname.lastname@example.org.