When "Climate" Change Might be a Good Thing

Assessing and Enhancing Diversity in Academic Environments

The AAVMC DiVersity Matters College Climate Survey launches the week of April 17, 2017. This research survey, conducted by Dr. Lisa Greenhill, the AAVMC's senior director for Institutional Research and Diversity and Ms. Lacheryl Ball, a DVM/MPH student at VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, is designed to assess the current campus climate with respect to diversity at each U.S. school or college of veterinary medicine.

The survey is a follow up to the climate survey conducted in 2011. The survey instrument will remain open for approximately 3 weeks and includes, DVM students, faculty, staff and administrators. The larger survey population is designed to give a more extensive snapshot of climate as experienced by each of the unique populations.

The findings will inform national efforts to develop enhanced national programming and guidance on best practices for improving and maintaining successful, supportive academic climates within AAVMC member institutions. Nationally aggregated findings will be presented during the course of the next year, culminating in an article that will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

The student survey has received IRB approval through the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Student response rates will be posted below on a regular basis while the survey instrument is open.

A copy of the survey instrument can be found here.
A copy of the survey's informational informed consent can be found here.
A copy of the Michigan State University informed consent document can be found here.

Related Publications

Greenhill, L. M., & Carmichael, K. P. (2014). Survey of College Climates at All 28 US Colleges and Schools of Veterinary Medicine: Preliminary Findings. Journal of veterinary medical education, 41(2), 111-121.

For more information about the AAVMC DiVersity Matters Climate Survey, please contact Lisa Greenhill at lgreenhill@aavmc.org.

For information on the Employee College Climate Survey, please click here.