From March 21 to April 21, 2023, all students, staff and faculty across UNH are encouraged to take a confidential survey that will help create a climate on our campuses that is even more welcoming, inclusive and safe. The 2023 Campus Climate Survey will build on the work of a 2019 survey, which drove recommendations that were implemented in 2020-21. The new survey will evaluate the impact of these efforts and identify remaining challenges and new opportunities.
|March 21||Campus Climate Survey opens|
|April 21||Campus Climate Survey closes|
|July-August||Phase III. Data Analysis|
|August-September||Development of Report|
|September||Presentation of Report Results to community
Note: Date of presentations to be determined by CSWG
|October-December||Presentation of Report Results to community|
The survey will be sponsored by the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity and conducted by the UNH Survey Center under the leadership of Nadine Petty, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President.
The questions for the 2023 Climate Survey largely replicate those used in the 2019 Campus Climate Survey developed by a task force comprised of UNH students, faculty, and staff and conducted by Rankin & Associates.
It is important for the people who participate in climate surveys to “see” themselves in the response choices. The survey attempts to be as inclusive of all members of the university community as possible, so we have attempted to reduce the number of participants who must choose “other” when responding to survey questions.
The UNH Survey Center will submit the survey and all data collection efforts to UNH’s Institutional Review Board to ensure that all data collection efforts are ethical, voluntary, and protect the confidentiality of all respondents. We will not collect any data through interaction with individual respondents, and identifiable private information is protected.
Ideally, the university would like a 100 percent response rate in order to understand the experience of every community member. However, a 30 percent or higher response rate will allow us to report the survey results with confidence.
We will not collect any data that is protected through regulation or policy such as social security number, campus identification number, medical information, etc. When we report on the survey, no personally identifiable information will be included. Confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology used. For example, IP addresses will be eliminated when surveys are submitted, and all data will be secured on a firewalled server with forced SSL security. We will also not report any group data for groups of fewer than ten individuals. Instead, we will combine the groups or take other measures to eliminate the potential for demographic information to identify respondents. Identifiable information submitted in qualitative comments will be redacted.
Participation in the survey is voluntary, and participants do not have to answer any question except the first positioning question (student, faculty, or staff status). Participants may skip questions they are uncomfortable answering. All subsequent research efforts and publication will be subject to IRB approval.
The UNH Survey Center will provide an executive summary, a report narrative of the findings, descriptive and inferential statistics, and content analysis of the qualitative data. The report will identify themes present in the data, and generalizations will be limited to groups or sub-groups with response rates of at least 30 percent. The university will use the results to identify two to three areas for targeted campus attention and construct appropriate programmatic plans of action. Results should be available by fall 2023.
As a public records state, draft reports can be withheld from disclosure. Final reports, however, are subject to disclosure upon request. The president expects that our final report will be public on the university’s website.
Raw data can be withheld from public records requirements due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Due to the large number of demographic questions, each survey response will be treated as potentially individually identifiable, even though no specific identifiers will be collected. Raw data for specific indicators could be subject to disclosure upon request, but any information that could directly identify an individual would be redacted from the records to protect individual privacy.
The task force will ensure that data reflective of small groups is not released. This could include higher-level aggregation of data and limiting the number of demographic variables released. The UNH IRB and legal counsel will review all requests for data to ensure protection of participant privacy.
All data are stored on a secure server, and only the principal investigators will have access to the raw data files. All members of the analytic team have undergone IRB (research with human subjects) training and have extensive research experience.
Privacy information and data use policy will be provided in the introduction to the survey, and respondents will continue to take the survey only when they consent to the conditions of the survey.
The Survey Center wants to be as inclusive as possible and provide the opportunity for all members of the UNH community to have their voices heard. The survey will be open to the population (all members of the UNH-based community) to avoid missing particular groups that may be underrepresented in the community.