This is a guide to the 39-question Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Diversity
and Equity Campus Climate Survey administered in spring 2019 to students, faculty,
staff, and administrators. Missouri State’s results are compared to a group of 52
large and small institutions of higher education (n=36,194).
The 2,723 individuals who responded to the survey make up 9% of undergraduates, 18%
of graduate students, 40% of faculty, and 37% of staff and administrators on the Springfield
Overall diversity and equity: Above comparison institutions
The first two indicators gauge the respondents' satisfaction with the campus climate
for diversity and equity and the extent to which they believe that Missouri State
University supports diversity and equity (Figures 1 and 2). Because these two indicators
measure experiences and interactions that promote campus climate, we show each of
these as positive scores on a 5-point scale in the graphs below. Missouri State respondents
reported higher satisfaction on questions related to overall campus climate for diversity
and equity than large and small comparison institutions (Figure 1).
Missouri State respondents reported higher agreement on their belief that Missouri
State supports diversity and equity compared to large and small institutions (Figure
Campus climate questions in which Missouri State performed higher than comparison:
Overall campus climate
Sense of belonging or community at MSU
Feel campus environment is free from tensions related to individual or group differences
Feel retention of historically marginalized students, faculty, and staff is an institutional
Campus experience/environment regarding diversity at MSU
Feel all community members experience a sense of belonging or community
Feel recruitment of historically marginalized students, faculty and staff is an institutional
Feel senior leadership demonstrates a commitment to diversity and equity on this campus
Overall diversity and equity at Missouri State shows higher positive perceptions than
comparison institutions. Within Missouri State, some demographic groups have less
positive views and perceptions of campus and institutional support. Those groups are
non-binary individuals, U.S. persons of color, LGB+ individuals, and liberal individuals.
People who took the survey reported that Diversity and Equity activities increased
positive attitudes toward diversity and equity. Missouri State participation is higher
than comparison groups; attitudes reported are more positive for all groups.
Staff/administration reported participating more in “impactful diversity and equity
activities” (community service, performances or art exhibits related to diversity,
discussions, training, activities) than large and small comparison institutions.
Undergraduate and Graduate students reported more community service participation
than other groups at MSU and compared to large and small institutions.
Views of campus climate by groups
When analyzed by race/ethnicity, U.S. white students, men and women, international
individuals, heterosexual individuals, and conservative individuals have more positive
views of campus climate.
Non-binary individuals, U.S. persons of color, LGB+ individuals, and liberal individuals
have less positive views of campus climate
The survey includes 16 options for race/ethnicity and 8 options for sexual orientation
People at Missouri State reported experiencing less discrimination or harassment than
large and small institutions (Figure 3).
20% of Missouri State students and employees reported having experienced discrimination
or harassment. Large institutions reported 21% and small institutions reported 24%
317 out of 1,578 Students answered “yes” to the question.
228 out of 1,129 Employees answered “yes.”
Of the 545 who answered “yes,” they then answered a follow-up question asking how
often discrimination and harassment occurred and the reason.
The reasons — whether they reported rarely, sometimes, often or very often, are as
follows beginning with the highest count: political affiliation, physical appearance,
gender or gender identity, age or generation, religious background, racial and/or
ethnic identity, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, some other aspect of
my identity, disability or immigration status.
Missouri State students and employees heard slightly more (2.2) insensitive or disparaging
remarks than small and large institutions, on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being "never"
and 5 being "very often" (Figure 4).
Missouri State students and employees heard the insensitive or disparaging remarks
in the local community more than comparison institutions. Missouri State was 33% compared
to 7% of respondents at Large and Small institutions.
A follow-up item asked the reason for the top items by count — whether they reported
rarely, sometimes, often or very often, are as follows beginning with the highest
count: political affiliation/views, gender or gender identity, religious background,
sexual orientation, age or generation, racial and/or ethnic identity, non-native English
speaker, immigrant status, socioeconomic background, disability.