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Report 94-6: Progress on College and University Assessments of Campus Climate: A Staff Report to the California Postsecondary Education Commission

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

April 1994

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Because of the uneven flow of students from various racial/ethnic groups through the higher education system, in 1988 the Governor and Legislature directed the Commission to determine the feasibility of assessing campus climate, or the "formal and informal environment - both institutional and community-based - in which individuals learn, teach, work, and live in a postsecondary setting." In its 1992 report, Assessing Campus Climate: Feasibility of Developing an Educational Equity Assessment System (Report Summary), the Commission recommended that "every California college and university should plan, develop, and implement an assessment of its campus climate that is appropriate to its own institutional missions and values." Moreover, the Commission stated its intention to analyze the progress made by the systems in implementing its recommendations on campus climate self-assessment.

In this document, the Commission staff discusses and reproduces reports from the California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities regarding the progress of their institutions in carrying out the Commission's recommendation. The staff indicates that campuses are developing a culture of evidence - even in a time of constrained fiscal resources - about the effects that their environment has on the experiences of their students, particularly as those experiences relate to students' movement through the educational system.

The staff points out that although these results are encouraging as a first step, only time will reveal whether the knowledge and under-standing gained through these assessments translate into actions that result in greater educational equity on campuses.

The Educational Policy and Programs Committee of the Commission discussed this report at its meeting of April 18, 1994.

Related Topics: Enrollment Demand and Capacity Analysis | Performance of Higher Education | State and Federal Legislation

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