Welcome to a new semester and decade at the Beach!
While it is an incredibly busy time of the semester, I want to draw your attention to an important initiative that will have near-term and long-lasting effects on our university. The initiative is a national survey to study the thoughts, feelings and issues of our entire campus community—faculty, students and staff.
Importantly, survey results will be made available for sound research-based analysis and reported transparently. The Campus Climate Committee, Academic Senate, ASI, and Staff Council will be empowered to develop actions aimed at mitigating or enhancing any negative or positive findings, respectively.
The surveys themselves are reputable, nationally-normed and thoroughly tested, and originate from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) based at UCLA. There are three different surveys, aimed at faculty, students and staff, respectively. We have in fact used the faculty survey before, as part of our BUILD grant, and have garnered excellent information from it related to that grant.
As you know, the more people who respond to surveys, the better the representation and the quality of the information. Please be assured that survey responses will be completely confidential, and your answers are protected to the full extent of the law. We have every intention of receiving, analyzing, and acting on information from all sectors of our community including tenured, probationary, and lecturer faculty; undergraduate and graduate students; and staff from all our divisions and related auxiliaries.
For these reasons, as well as our commitment to inclusive excellence at CSULB, I strongly encourage everyone to complete the survey. To that end, we will be providing small but meaningful incentives to faculty, staff and students. Each division is providing targeted incentives for its constituents. Specific details will be provided in the information section of each survey.
Please look for an email soon inviting you to take part in this important initiative. Thank you in advance for fitting this into your busy schedules.
Jane Close Conoley, Ph.D.