BACKGROUND In order to continue to improve Western’s campus climate and employee engagement and to enhance the University’s commitment to diversity, President Shepard facilitated the distribution of a Staff Engagement and Diversity Climate Survey (Staff Survey) on October 31, 2012. Western had conducted similar studies for faculty and students, and it was critical that the views and opinions of classified and professional staff also be collected in order to identify areas in need of improvement, work on those areas, and ascertain progress. The Human Resources Office developed a 49 item survey instrument addressing issues of staff engagement. The Equal Opportunity Office, modeling a number of important questions asked in the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Survey, added an additional 33 questions on diversity climate. The total survey instrument contained 82 items. This survey reflects Western’s commitment to supporting diverse staff, and its desire to be responsive to the priorities of campus groups, including the Professional Staff Organization (PSO), the Minority Employee Council (MEC), and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advocacy Council (LGBTAC). The Staff Survey asked about wide-ranging subjects including many possible areas of satisfaction or dissatisfaction, areas of possible stress, Western’s priorities, campus climate, discrimination and the values placed by both staff and Western as an institution on issues of diversity.
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Equal Opportunity Office, "STAFF ENGAGEMENT AND DIVERSITY CLIMATE SURVEY REPORT" (2012). Office of Survey Research. Paper 487.