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 assessment to evaluate the living, learning, and working environment at NYU. The assessment will allow NYU to improve its campus climate by addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities identified in the assessment. The Task Force created a working group to oversee the project to ensure:

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  • The 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.

Assessment Administration

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


Privacy Design for the Being@NYU Assessment

Rankin & Associates led the Being@NYU assessment working group through the process of developing the questions that are included on the assessment. We also engaged an independent third party, Helios Labs, to administer and secure the assessment. Rankin & Associates will analyze the results and report university-level findings to the NYU community.

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.


Assessment was developed.


Assessment will be implemented in Fall 2017.


Results will be reported.