College Seeks Honest Answers in Climate Survey

By Molly Israel, September 23, 2016

College Seeks Honest Answers in Climate Survey

Ithaca College students and employees typically spend more time on campus than they do anywhere else during their waking hours. How can we make that time the best it can be? How can we make sure they feel supported so that they learn more effectively and have higher job satisfaction?

Those are the questions that members of the Climate Study Working Group seek to answer through the Campus Climate Survey launching this fall. 

On Sept. 27 Ithaca College will formally invite all of its students, faculty and staff to take a survey to improve its campus climate. The survey will seek honest answers about how the college can enhance its learning, living and working environments. Respondents will be asked questions about their personal experiences and observations. All of the responses will remain anonymous.

The survey will be open through Oct. 28 and can be completed within 15-30 minutes from desktop or mobile devices. The campus community will be emailed a link to the survey.

Participants who complete the survey can enter to win one of over 30 prizes, including:

•     An IC parking pass to park in any lot during the spring semester

•     A Cortaca game-day package

•     Gift certificates to local spas, restaurants and theaters

Ithaca College has contracted with the professionals at Rankin & Associates to conduct the survey. They will analyze the results and present their findings to the campus community in the spring of 2017.

“The survey results will be indispensable to IC's new president,” said Dr. Roger Richardson, chair of the Climate Study Work Group, associate provost and chief diversity officer. “When he or she steps into their new role, they will have concrete data from the survey about where we need to improve as a college to better support our students, faculty and staff. That information will springboard us into becoming a much better version of the college we aim to be.”

Additional information about the survey is available at