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New York Tech Climate Survey

Campus Climate Survey deadline has been extended to November 15. To help facilitate your participation, you can now use this link to access the survey.

This October, New York Tech will be undertaking its first Climate Survey to help assess and improve our community's culture and environment as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion. While New York Tech is regularly recognized as having one of the most diverse student bodies in the region, we understand that recognition brings with it a responsibility to work toward creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion that offers access to a meaningful teaching, learning, and working environment.

Your candid participation in this survey is crucial to help us identify areas where we are meeting expectations as well as those in need of additional resources to make New York Tech a more inclusive, innovative institute of higher education.

About the Survey

  • All survey responses must be completed by November 15.
  • The survey has been created by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS).
  • The survey consists of short, multiple choice questions and should take no longer than 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
  • All survey responses will be anonymous.
  • Everyone who completes the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a raffle to win one of seventy-five $25 gift cards or a New York Tech branded item. A total of 150 prizes are expected to be available.
  • Results will be shared with the community once they have been reviewed and analyzed.

New York Tech strives for a student centered culture of care, inclusivity, and respect for all community members. We are committed to a data informed culture infused with a mindset of continuous program improvement.

Background

In order to make sure that we fully understand the climate for diversity, equity, and inclusion at New York Tech, the DEI Taskforce embarked on a thorough investigation of methods by which we could assess New York Tech's campus climate. Our search was guided by three primary criteria. The selected survey would need to:

  • Compare ourselves to other institutions.
  • Be methodologically rigorous and supported by robust research.
  • Address our primary areas of interest, asking most of the questions we wanted answered, while providing the flexibility to make any necessary changes.

After an extensive review process, we selected the HEDS Campus Climate Survey as the survey that best fulfilled our criteria as the optimal survey tool.

Goals

The HEDS Climate Survey will allow us to achieve the following important goals and objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of the experiences and perceptions of students, faculty, and staff with regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion both in aggregate across the university and individually on each of our campuses and locations.
  • Acquire a baseline for DEI perceptions and a benchmark against which we can measure future progress.
  • Identify the areas where improvements need to be made and where they can have the greatest impact.
  • Compare ourselves to other higher ed institutions to better understand what issues are unique to New York Tech and which are shared across other colleges and universities and how they are being successfully addressed.
  • Collect data to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on community members and what issues of equity the epidemic may have highlighted.
  • Inform the priorities of New York Tech and its newly formed Office of Equity and Inclusion led by Brian Harper, M.D., M.P.H.

If you have questions about the survey, please feel free to contact us at dei@nyit.edu.