Being@NYU Survey

A benchmark to measure our progress in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion

As part of its efforts to embrace diversity and promote a culture of inclusion, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Task Force agreed that rigorous assessments of campus climate should occur. It therefore recommended that NYU conduct a campus climate survey to evaluate the living, learning, and working environment at NYU. The survey will allow NYU to improve its campus climate by addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities identified in the survey. The Task Force created the Climate Study Working Group (CSWG) subcommittee to oversee the survey.

  • The survey development process will be consultative and transparent.
  • Outcomes will be shared broadly.
  • The results will help benchmark progress as the University works to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Survey Administration

After reviewing similar efforts at other institutions, the CSWG found that using an independent, outside agency to administer the survey would likely yield higher response rates and provide more credible findings. The CSWG chose Rankin & Associates, a well-regarded consultant, to assist with the survey.

Contact the Committee

Chair: Lisa Coleman

Campus Climate

According to Dr. Susan Rankin of Rankin & Associates, campus climate consists of the "current attitudes, behaviors, standards and practices of employees and students of an institution." The climate is often shaped through personal experiences, perceptions and institutional efforts.

Why is it important?

Dr. Rankin’s research maintains that positive personal experiences and perceptions of campus climate generally equate to successful outcomes, such as healthy identity development and experiences for students, productivity and sense of value for faculty and staff, and overall well-being for all.

Project Timeline


Focus groups were conducted.


Survey was developed.


Survey will be implemented in Fall 2017.


Results will be reported.