About the Campus Climate Survey

In the fall of 2017, USF conducted a survey asking all students, faculty, and staff to share their perspectives on the campus climate — what it’s like to live, learn, and work at the university. The survey was anonymous, and conducted by the independent consulting firm of Rankin & Associates. In five weeks, 4,486 people completed the survey for an overall response rate of 34 percent. Of this number, 45 percent were undergraduate students, 26 percent were graduate students, 15 percent were staff members, and 13 percent were faculty.



Office of the Provost begins preliminary discussions regarding campus climate survey


Campus Climate Task Force established to oversee selection of survey instrument


Rankin & Associates (R&A) chosen to implement survey tool

October 5, 2016

Campus Climate Working Group (CCWG) starts survey development with R&A

April 10, 2017

R&A holds 16 focus groups to inform survey tool

September 19 - October 27, 2017

Campus climate survey opens to all USF staff, students, faculty

April 23, 2018

Executive summary of campus climate report is made available to campus community via email and website

April 30 - May 1, 2018

Survey results are presented to campus community by R&A

May 1, 2018

Campus climate report and findings are made available to campus community via email and website

May 22, 2018

Last meeting of CCWG is held to compile recommendations

June 5, 2018

Recommendations are given to USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J. regarding Implementation Team process

June 20 - July 3, 2018

Staff reading group of campus climate survey report is held, creating a model for processing survey results

August 2018 - May 2019

ADEI provides updates to campus community regarding campus climate survey; campus discernment processes continue

October 2018

University Council on Diversity and Inclusion, University Council on Community Engagement, University Council for Jesuit Mission, and University Ministry provide Fr. Fitzgerald with 5-6 themes that emerge from group discernment around the survey results

November 28, 2018

Fr. Fitzgerald addresses joint councils, University Ministry, and Magis Project to summarize themes

January 22, 2019

Fr. Fitzgerald outlines four institutional priorities as informed by campus climate survey: 

  • A university community characterized by trust and transparency in decision-making and communications
  • A university community free of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and hostile work environments
  • A university community that excels in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A university community that discerns all matters through the lens of our Jesuit mission and Catholic identity

April 22 - 26, 2019

Vice Provost Wardell-Ghirarduzzi provides campus climate survey updates to campus community