Climate Assessment Surveys

The First Climate Assessment Surveys: Defining the Baseline to Assess Institutional Progress in Future Years

In spring 2012, Provost Rafael L. Bras charged a Climate Assessment Task Force (CATF) to develop a survey to help define, measure, and assess Georgia Tech’s progress toward the goals in its strategic plan:

“We aspire to be an Institute that pursues excellence and embraces and leverages diversity in all its forms. In the years ahead, we must continue to enhance a culture of collegiality, close collaboration, global perspective, intercultural sensitivity and respect, and thoughtful interaction among a community of scholars that includes all of our students, faculty, and staff…”

With Vice President of Institute Diversity Archie Ervin serving as chair, The CATF was comprised of Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students and tasked with overseeing a survey development process to assess the present experiences, perceptions, and knowledge of our campus community members with respect to the following issue areas:

  • A culture of collegiality;
  • Close collaboration;
  • Global perspective;
  • Intercultural sensitivity and respect; and
  • Thoughtful interaction among a community of scholars.

Through a consultative and iterative process with the CATF, Academic Effectiveness and Institute Diversity developed separate survey instruments for Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students, which were approved by Institutional Review Board. The Climate Assessment Surveys were administered to campus community members in February 2013, and the report was released later that year.

The Second Climate Assessment Surveys: Measuring Progress on Campus Inclusivity Four Years Later

Four years later, Academic Effectiveness and Institute Diversity administered climate surveys to faculty and staff to gauge Georgia Tech’s progress on building an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment for the campus community. The responses from the 2017 Faculty and Staff Climate Assessment Surveys provided longitudinal data that were analyzed and compared to the results from the Institute’s 2013 Climate Assessment Surveys.

In fall 2018, all undergraduate and graduate students were invited to participate in the 2018 Student Climate Assessment Survey. A summary report of results of the 2018 Student Climate Survey is presented below along with a comparison of results from the 2018 survey to results of the 2013 survey, providing a longitudinal perspective.

For questions about the Climate Assessment Surveys, email Dr. Archie Ervin at:

“The Climate Assessment Surveys help us measure progress toward achieving the goals in our strategic plan and inform the Institute's leadership about our strengths and opportunities to improve efforts with supporting a culture of collegiality, close collaboration, and professional development."
— Archie Ervin, vice president for Institute Diversity