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Campus Climate


Campus Climate in the Diversity Plan

The goal of campus climate is for Texas A&M University to embrace, value, and integrate diversity and inclusion in the pursuit of academic and institutional excellence. The Aggie Core Values of Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity, and Selfless Service are anchors to guide us as we strive to make Texas A&M University a welcoming place to all. Campus climate is directly associated with academic and professional success: When individuals feel safe, a sense of belonging, and valued they are successful and engaged in the institution.  

Campus Climate Assessment

UPDATE (10/01/19) -- For the past several years, Texas A&M has conducted university-wide campus climate surveys on three-year cycles. However, the three-year cycle had not permitted sufficient time for the campus to implement strategies, assess effectiveness, and reflect on progress. In 2018, the Office for Diversity, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, Department of Student Life Studies, Dean of Faculties, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Evaluation, agreed to shift the university-level campus climate surveys to a four-year cycle.
 
In March 2020, the Office for Diversity, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Evaluation, will launch campus climate surveys for Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff. The purpose of this collaboration is to reduce survey fatigue, improve response rates, and ensure that our campus climate data are useful for longitudinal assessment of progress and challenges. The surveys will be sent to all students, faculty, and staff from across our campuses including the Health Science Center, the School of Law, and the Galveston and Qatar campuses.
 
For the student surveys, we are using the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) surveys for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The faculty and staff surveys are being developed from a smaller set of items aligned with the student surveys to provide a comprehensive assessment of the campus climate. We intend to provide colleges and divisions the opportunity to add a limited number of items (fixed response as well as open response items) to the core set of items. Please contact Jennifer Reyes (jlreyes@tamu.edu, 979-458-2905) in Office for Diversity with any questions or concerns about Texas A&M’s 2020 campus climate assessments.

To understand the impact of campus climate on recruitment and retention, Texas A&M's 2010 University Diversity Plan calls for academic and support units to explore data from student, faculty, and staff campus climate surveys. The most current campus-wide, campus climate studies are available below:


Undergraduate Students

2013 Undergraduate Student Campus Climate Assessment
2008 Undergraduate Student Campus Climate Assessment


Graduate Students

2012 Graduate Student Campus Climate Studies


Faculty

2013 Faculty Survey of Academic Climate and Activities


Staff

2016 Texas A&M Staff Climate Survey Results


Sharing Campus Climate Results

To better understand the campus climate at Texas A&M, we are interested in the methods, surveys, and results of unit-level assessments within the institution.  Additionally, understanding campus climate assessments and results conducted by other universities advances understanding of the challenges and progress of creating an inclusive, welcoming environment. If you are interested in sharing your results with us, please feel free to use this form or call us at 979-458-2905.

Campus Climate Presentations

2017 Campus Wide Campus Climate Session    
Held on April 20, 2017, the presentations and the content from the small group work are available here: LEARNING FROM CAMPUS CLIMATE DATA: A work session using university-wide campus climate survey results for students, faculty, and staff (pdf).

2014 Campus Wide Campus Climate Session    
Presentation from Engaging the Data: A Work Session on Campus Climate Results (pdf) held on February 24, 2014.

2011 Campus Wide Campus Climate Session
Below are the presentations made during the Campus-wide session "Our Collective Responsibility for Maintaining a Welcoming Climate," held on November 29, 2011.

History of Inclusion at Texas A&M

In 1963, then president General James Earl Rudder opened our doors to African-Americans and women – a landmark decision that put our university on a clear path toward preeminence as a major teaching, research, and service institution.

The university has benefited greatly from the contributions and accomplishments of its diverse and inclusive community, helping us to achieve a culture of excellence. With enhanced efforts at inclusion for all, we will successfully meet the needs of our global society and the challenges of the future.

Additional Sources:

Diversity Timeline (PDF)

Intended for All: 125 Years of Women at Texas A&M

In Fulfillment of a Dream: African-Americans at Texas A&M University 

Siempre!: History of Hispanics at Texas A&M

Women in the Corps (video)

Women at Texas A&M Presentation (PDF)