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Campus Climate

Regularly assessing how various groups of students experience Northwestern is key to the assessment strategy in Student Affairs. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are utilized in this effort.

Campus Climate for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

Northwestern, like many other institutions in the country, heeded the recommendation from the White House to survey its students about campus climate and sexual assault awareness and prevention. The university administered its own survey in 2015. In 2019, the university participated in the AAU Survey run by Westat and organized by Northwestern’s Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance. Please see their website for more information.

Campus Climate for Diversity

In 2018, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) partnered with Student Affairs and The Graduate School to administer its first-ever climate survey for Diversity. Please see the OIDI website for more information and the survey’s reports (available to NU community members only).

Campus Climate: What Are Students Telling Us? (2013)

This report, completed in 2013, summarizes the findings related to campus climate from sixteen surveys conducted at Northwestern between 2007 and 2013.

Students Perceptions of Racial/Ethnic Campus Climate at Northwestern University (Spring 2012 Focus Groups)

This report summarizes the findings from a series of focus groups conducted by Student Affairs in Spring 2012 that explored students' perceptions of the racial/ethnic climate at Northwestern University and listened to their ideas for how it could be improved.