All current employees at Colorado State University were invited to participate in the 2014 Campus Climate Survey. It was made available electronically and in hard copy; in English and Spanish. Unless the respondent identified him/herself, responses were anonymous. For those who self-identified, responses were kept confidential. A more detailed methodology and response rate report is available for review below.
The Committee worked collaboratively to develop and refine the survey questions. The topics were selected in response to the results from the 2012 Climate Survey and included the following constructs: Commitment, Institutional Communication, Supervision, Equitable Treatment, Discrimination & Harassment Experiences, Campus Perceptions, and Personal and Employee Characteristics. For the majority of questions, employees were asked to rate their level of agreement with a variety of statements on a five-point Likert agreement scale. Principal axis factor analysis and Cronbach’s alpha were used to determine construct validity and reliability of developed measures.
According to Baruch and Holtom (2008), the average response rate in organizational research is 52.7% when data is collected from individuals. However, they note the standard deviation is large (20.4 points).
The response rate for the current survey was 30% for Faculty/AP/Classified Staff. This, in itself, is an interesting result and raises the questions of why. Are employees distrustful that the results are confidential…and if so, how can trust be improved? Are employees disinterested in the process…and if so, why? Is there concern that results will not impact change? These questions are important and deserve further attention in the future. Due to the anonymous nature of the survey we have no way to track the demographics of non-responders. Nor are we able to contact them to better understand the reasons they chose not to participate.