Meredith conducted a Campus Climate Survey in fall 2020 to better understand the realities and experiences of BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) on campus. The survey was sent via email to students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i who graduated within the last ten years. It was distributed in early October and remained open for the duration of the month.
The survey, conducted through the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium, will provide an anonymous platform for providing feedback and a means for action. A diverse team of Meredith staff members were charged with researching the best means for administering the survey.
Criteria for selecting the survey instrument included, but was not limited to
- Constructs that Meredith is interested in assessing (campus climate, diversity, equity, inclusion, institutional support, discrimination, and harassment)
- Results broken out by sub-groups
- Timeline available for distribution
- Timeliness of reporting
- Benchmarking against other institutions
- Availability for follow-up questions and additional reports
The full results of the survey from the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium were expected in February 2021, but were delayed. Survey results were provided to Meredith’s Office of Research, Planning, and Assessment in mid-March. They are preparing a report that will be shared with the Executive Leadership Team and the committee working on the job description for Meredith’s DEI professional. Further in-depth data may also be gathered through focus interviews and additional targeted surveys. A summary report of the results will be released to the larger community before the end of the spring 2021 semester.
“The Campus Climate survey is designed to elicit the voices of all members of the Meredith College community regarding their experiences with racism. This will help us ensure we are addressing all aspects of racism, not just those that are most obvious or easy to solve.”Jo Allen, President