This report summarizes responses on Campus Climate for Diversity from the 2016 Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey.

This report updates the Campus Climate for Diversity report published by the Office of Assessment in Fall 2015, and presents new findings based on student responses to the 2016 survey. 

The report is organized in according to survey question topic. Below are selected highlights:

  • Campus Climate:  Findings from the 2013 and 2016 administrations show that overall students continue to rate diversity as important to the campus and themselves. When examined more specifically for Students of Color (SOC) the responses show a decrease of 7% in student perceptions of diversity and its importance to campus (80% in 2013 to 73% in 2016). During this same time period SOC populations increased their rating of diversity as being important to themselves by 7% (87% in 2013 to 95% in 2016).  Despite these findings SOC and Non-SOC students continue to rate their level of sense of belonging highly and in similar proportions to the 2013 SERU administration. 

  • Level of perceived respect on campus:  The majority of Iowa students agree that students are respected on campus regardless of religious beliefs (90%), political beliefs (85%), sexual orientation (96%), or disability (87%).

    Sizable differences do appear when specific sub-population are examined:  70% of SOC students agreed that their ethnicity was respected compared to Non-SOC students agreed at 96% (26% Difference); 86% of female students agreed* their sex was respected compared to 97% of males (9% Difference) 

  • Student Experiences on Campus: Both SOC and Non-SOC students report experiencing very few negative or stereotypical views from faculty, instructors, staff, or administrators on campus.  Conversely both SOC and Non-SOC students reported higher levels of negative and stereotypical experiences when asked about their peers. Both groups also differed in the types and amounts of negative views they experienced. 

  • Impact on Perspective by Interaction with Peers:  When asked about where students were most likely to interact with difference the most common answer was in the classroom followed closely by general education and elective classes. The least likely place students reported interacting with students different than themselves was at campus cultural events. 

     

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To read more, open the pdf document, 2016 Campus Climate for Diversity at the University of Iowa.  You can also view a copy of the 2014 Campus Climate Report.

Information from the 2018 SERU and gradSERU surveys can be found at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Iowa.

The UI Public Policy Center has also published a report analyzing three years of undergraduate SERU data on campus climate for diversity, equity, and inclusion:

  • Bruch, S. K., Popovaite, I., Felix, E., & Anson, M.  (2018). Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Among Undergraduate Students at the University of Iowa, 2013-2016.  University of Iowa Public Policy Center.