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09-03-04

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John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6137

Progress continues on campus diversity plan

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy has previewed a draft report of the campus climate survey, and has instructed the project consultant to share initial results and receive further input from the campus constituent groups who offered early input to the study before publishing the final report in November.

Approximately 8,300 faculty, staff and students were contacted to participate in an online survey during spring semester 2004. The intent is to gauge the campus climate for inclusiveness of diverse groups. More than 1,900 respondents completed the 64-question survey, housed on a secure Web site by Susan Rankin, the consultant hired for this project. Rankin also works as a diversity planning analyst at Pennsylvania State University.

The sample population included over-sampling of underrepresented populations, random sampling of majority populations, and "snowball" sampling of "invisible" minority populations, for example persons with disabilities, or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. "Snowball" sampling involved word-of-mouth communication about completing the survey, with the intent of oversampling minority groups.

Survey data will serve as the basis for a campus master plan on diversity. Rankin will recommend strategies that will enhance ISU's campus climate, based on survey results and Iowa State's record of strengths and weaknesses in previous efforts. Those recommendations might include policy changes or reallocation of resources.

The survey project was coordinated by the climate assessment subcommittee of the President's Advisory Committee on Diversity.

Carla Espinoza, assistant vice president of Human Resource Services, director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and the subcommittee chair, said the projected timeline includes constituency groups for key audiences surveyed and a public forum in October.

The final report will be published in November, 2004. The President's Advisory Committee on Diversity will then develop the campus master plan on diversity in February 2005, and the plan will be shared with the campus community in April 2005. The diversity plan will be highlighted in Iowa State's 2005-2010 Strategic Plan, which is being developed now.

Iowa State's last campus climate survey was done in November 1993.

For updates and information about the current climate survey, go to: www.iastate.edu/~aao/eod/diversity.shtml.

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Summary

President Gregory Geoffroy has previewed a draft report of the campus climate survey, and has instructed the project consultant to share initial results and receive further input from the campus constituent groups who offered early input to the study before publishing the final report in November.