2019 Climate Survey Executive Summary

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 campus.

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 2).

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 priority
  • 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 priority
  • 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