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Campus Climate Study

About the Study

At Winona State University, we seek to create an environment characterized by openness, fairness, and equal access for all students, staff, and faculty.

A welcoming and inclusive campus climate is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction, and is one of the foundations of our educational model. Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities and potential is critically important.

To ensure full transparency and to provide a more complete perspective, we have contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting to help lead this effort. Rankin & Associates have conducted over 200 campus climate assessment projects over the last 25 years.

Under their guidance, the Campus Climate Study Work Group (CCSWG) developed the campus climate assessment survey protocol and instrument and invited students, faculty, staff, and administrators to participate in the survey available from February 6, 2018 through March 9, 2018.

The survey results were analyzed and summarized by Rankin & Associates Consulting and presented to the campus community on November 29, 2018.


The campus stakeholders will digest the results and plan and implement actions for improving the campus climate.


Campus Climate Follow-Up Actions


Action One

"To address Civility and Respect, each department/unit has a conversation on the results of Campus Climate Study and identifies one change that can be implemented immediately to address civility and respect within the department/units."

This action is already being implemented across campus in many different ways, from scheduling team development sessions to purchasing reading materials that decentralize white, cis-, and hetero- in terms of health and wellness related information.


Action Two

"To address Unwanted Sexual Conduct that Students Experience, RE Initiative works with Warrior Success Center and Orientation Committee to make one high-impact change to educate incoming freshmen about gender-based violence prevention and resources on campus."

Orientation has cleared space in Welcome Week to book a speaker recommended by the RE Initiative. OR 100 faculty are also being asked to create space to talk about gender-based violence in one of their first meetings with incoming students.


Action Three

"To address Civility and Respect, Inclusion & Diversity, MarComm, RE Initiative, and other departments/units create a virtual space where students and faculty/staff can submit acts of kindness and other positive activities/interactions. The submitted cases/stories can be used to promote a positive campus climate."

Later this month, April 29 through May 3, we will host the first-ever WSU Kindness Week to encourage students, employees, organizations and departments to participate in and document acts of kindness. Look for more information soon!