Background on the HEDS Survey
In 2016, a work group including staff members from Institutional Diversity, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and the General Counsel’s office convened to explore campus climate assessment instruments devoted to diversity/inclusiveness. Following its review, the group decided it would be best to devise its own comprehensive instrument using several samples as its basis. The resulting instrument, The Campus Living, Learning, and Working Environment Survey (CLLWE), also was reviewed and edited by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS), at the College’s request (Providence College is a HEDS member). The CLLWE was administered to faculty, staff, and students during the spring 2017 semester. The survey was administered by HEDS for confidentiality and to gather comparative data. The College was one of five institutions who opted to participate in this first administration of the survey.
Now an official HEDS instrument, the survey is referred to as the HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey. The College administered the survey again during the spring 2020 semester, as part of the College’s ongoing effort to assess diversity and inclusiveness. Twenty-six other institutions administered the survey last spring.
The survey asks students, faculty, staff, and administrators about their:
* perceptions of their institution’s climate,
* perceptions of how their institution supports diversity and equity, and
* experiences with discrimination and harassment at their institution.