Why are we conducting this survey?

Assessing the climate at MU is critical for us to be able to improve our learning and working environment.

MU has conducted periodic climate studies since 2001, and plans were in the works in Spring 2015 to conduct a new survey. At the same time, the University of Missouri–Kansas City was also planning to conduct a climate survey. In order to leverage resources and gain valuable information from all campuses, the University of Missouri System decided in Spring 2016 to expand the survey to all four UM System campuses and system administration offices. The Systemwide Climate Study Team, consisting of representatives from all campuses, began meeting in June to develop plans for survey administration.

How will you get maximum participation?

Every response matters and is valuable in providing the most beneficial feedback and results. Units with large numbers of staff without regular access to computers, such as Campus Facilities, Residential Life and Campus Dining Services, have made plans to accommodate staff in computer labs and by providing laptops in breakrooms and work areas. Paper surveys are also available, and respondents will be able to mail the survey to the consultant in a pre-paid envelope.

To encourage participation, a weekly drawing will be held to award prizes including gift certificates to The Mizzou Store and Starbucks, six iPad minis, and free parking for a year from Parking & Transportation Services. Once you have completed the survey, you will have the chance to enter your email address to qualify for the drawings.

What comes next?

MU will explore this data and formulate an action plan to address issues and replicate successes. Improving campus climate is constant work, and it requires the commitment and engagement of the entire MU community.