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Dartmouth Community Study

Beginning in Winter 2015, Dartmouth conducted a comprehensive study of faculty, staff, and student views about the living, learning, and working environment of the College (our campus climate).

Dr. Susan Rankin, principal at Rankin & Associates Consulting, defines campus climate as "the current attitudes, behaviors, and standards of faculty, staff, administrators and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential." The climate is shaped through personal experiences, perceptions and institutional efforts.

Dartmouth seeks to be a community distinguished by creative and dynamic scholarship, where students are engaged in learning both in and out of the classroom, and where we attract the very best staff to our workforce. To achieve this we must identify ways we can foster an inclusive and welcoming environment so that each member of the community has the potential to thrive and fully contribute to our academic mission.

The purpose and goals of this study were to:

  • Engage the Dartmouth community in a discussion about campus climate and ways we can create a thriving community;
  • Survey the entire campus to learn how faculty, students, and staff experience and perceive the climate for living, learning, and working at Dartmouth College;
  • Identify current institutional efforts (policies, curriculum, programs, etc.) that positively impact the campus climate and highlight challenges faced by members of the community;
  • Evaluate current conditions to inform decision-making for future activities; and inform strategic objectives and plans to address challenges and build on successes

As part of the Study, all faculty, students, and staff were invited to participate in a campus-wide survey about their experiences at Dartmouth. The survey was administered and analyzed by Rankin & Associates. In Spring 2016 Rankin & Associates presented Dartmouth with their final report and executive summary. More information about the survey, including the final report and executive summary are available at the Office of Institutional Research.

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Last Updated: 9/2/16