The Office of Institutional Research provides data analysis and research the University community and administration for planning and quality improvement, including the following information sets by category, as well as data for each college.
The Commission on Women and Gender Equity is charged by the University President to identify gender equity and women’s issues and forward concerns, recommendations, and program ideas to the University administration through annual meetings with the President and consistent connection and routine communication with the Vice President for Diversity, who reports to the President.
The 2012 Employee Climate Survey represents a positive step toward documenting institutional values of inclusiveness and diversity, integrity and mutual respect, opportunity and access, and accountability. University efforts to improve workplace climate over the last ten years include multiple campus-wide survey efforts with the 2012 Employee Climate Survey being the most current. The first administration of this survey does not provide indications of continuous quality improvement but is intended to establish baseline measures for items that will guide future administrations of the survey.
In Spring 2010, the Colorado State University President's Commission on Women and Gender Equity conducted an informal straw poll (i.e. an unofficial, non-scientific survey of opinion) of campus community members, regarding the climate for academic achievement and work on the Fort Collins Campus. Drawing on the structure of a survey conducted in 1996, the survey attempted to discover if circumstances had improved and what significant concerns should be addressed by the Commission in the coming year(s).
Colorado State University participated with other colleges and universities across the nation in the 2009 EBI Campus Climate Assessment. The benchmarking survey is a service offered by Educational Benchmarking Incorporated (EBI) and is an opportunity to identify areas of excellence as well as areas in need of improvement.
1,316 undergraduate and graduate students from Colorado State University responded to 172 questions in the online survey. (1-7 point scale) – students were oversampled by race/ethnicity (100%) and by disability (100%) based on information provided by the Office of Resources for Disabled Students.
The large majority of students at Colorado State University are "satisfied with their experience" (77.4%) at CSU and would "recommend CSU to siblings or friends as a good place to go to college" (75.3%), according to the results of the 2009 Campus Climate Assessment.
What attracts high-achieving, socioeconomically disadvantaged students to the physical sciences and engineering?
Published in the College Student Journal
Socioeconomically disadvantaged (SED) students are less likely to major in physical sciences or engineering. To guide recruitment and retention of a diversity of talent, this study examined what attracts high-achieving SED students to these fields. Participants were 50 undergraduates majoring in physical sciences or engineering enrolled in the McNair mentoring program. Ninety-two percent were first-generation in college and/or low-income; 56% were female, 40% Hispanic, and 36% White. This group of SED students mostly explained their attraction to physical sciences or engineering in terms of scientific curiosity and a passion for research. They also reported being excited about the possibility to use their science and engineering education for social purposes. Securing a good job emerged as another important motivator, particularly for male and ethnic minority respondents. These findings suggest common as well as unique reasons for majoring in physical sciences or engineering among a diversity of SED students. [full article]