For those of you with no time to read the full 311 page Campus Climate Project Final Report, here is a summary of some of its key findings.
As you may recall, the UCSB community-- undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff--was asked to participate in a UC system-wide survey to evaluate a variety of issues relating to campus climate on the learning, living, and working environments. UCSB had a relatively high response rate of 30%.
The report was divided into areas of strength and areas to improve.
84% of all survey respondents were “comfortable”/“very comfortable” with the campus climate at UC Santa Barbara.
82% of Graduate/Professional Students were “comfortable” or “very comfortable” with the climate in their classes.
79% of Graduate/Professional Students were satisfied with their academic experience at UC Santa Barbara.
96% of Graduate/Professional Students intended to graduate from UC Santa Barbara.
69% of Graduate/Professional Students felt many of their courses this year had been intellectually stimulating.
Areas to Improve
Exclusion and Hostile Conduct
23% of all respondents believed that they had personally experienced exclusionary, intimidating, offensive and/or hostile conduct.
7% of all respondents indicated that this conduct interfered with their ability to work or learn on campus.
A higher percentage of racial, gender, and sexual minorities reported experiencing this conduct as compared to non-minorities. Likewise, a higher percentage of Undocumented Residents than Non-U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Citizens experienced this conduct.
Climate for People With Disabilities
Respondents with disabilities were less comfortable with the overall climate, with the workplace climate, and with the climate in their classes than were respondents without disabilities.
Unwanted Sexual Contact
8% of all respondents believed they had experienced unwanted sexual contact while at UC Santa Barbara within the last five years
However, only 2% of all Graduate/Professional Students reported this experience.
Most Non-Surprising Climate Report Fact
Dominate culture feels okay
White, heterosexual men with no disabilities felt the most comfortable of all groups on campus. (Strangely, this last fact was actually in areas of strength in the original report).