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A Small Investment for a Greater Future

How has your experience been? How could it be better?

your voice mattersTwenty minutes is all it takes. This small time investment is all it takes to make Millersville University a better place with the 2016 Campus Climate Assessment (CCA).

The 2016 CCA is a voluntary survey for all Millersville University faculty, staff and students. The assessment went live on Oct. 4 and will remain active through Nov. 11 in order to collect data about the current social climate at MU.

“Staff and faculty are very passionate about collecting data and then working hard to make our campus a better place,” explains Dr. Erin Moss, co-chair of the CCA Committee. “This is a wonderful opportunity for your voice to be heard and for you to become a part of positive change at Millersville University.”

Responses will help to identify the University’s strengths and weaknesses, its successful initiatives and the challenges facing certain members of the MU community. As was the result of the campus climate assessments of 2001 and 2009, the 2016 version will lead to strategic planning focused on the creation and maintenance of an open, fair and respectful environment for all faculty, staff and students.

campus climate assessment“A welcoming and inclusive campus climate is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction and is one of the foundations of our educational model,” says MU President John Anderson.

The CCA is estimated to only take 20 to 30 minutes. Participants have the opportunity to describe their personal perspective and experiences on campus and to offer suggestions on how to improve the climate. Participating individuals are also entered to win prizes including iPad minis, University Store gift cards and MU umbrellas. In addition, undergraduate students can win a Fitbit, graduate students can receive a Student Memorial Center annual membership and faculty members could win a $300 professional development fund.

All responses remain confidential, with results reported in a group form to the CCA Committee. The committee is comprised of members from the three President’s Commissions, the Office of Diversity and Social Justice and the Planning, Assessment and Analysis unit. They will be involved in the interpretation and distribution of the results which are set to be reported in the fall of 2017.

“Members of the president’s three commissions are looking forward to studying the results of the survey and designing action plans to address the major concerns that are revealed from the data,” says Moss. “Subsequent climate surveys will provide an opportunity to assess the progress we have made towards achieving a campus where everyone feels safe and valued.”

For more information about the Campus Climate Assessment, go to http://ow.ly/PCev305iPyp. To take the assessment, go to http://ow.ly/dij6305iPAv.

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