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Assessing Campus Climate

For more than two decades, UMass Amherst has surveyed undergraduates regarding a number of campus climate issues, including sexual harassment, racial and ethnic issues, anti-Semitism, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered issues. This research has resulted from a long-term collaboration between the Office of Human Relations and the Student Assessment, Research and Evaluation Office (SAREO).

The information gained from these regular surveys has been used to identify emergent concerns in these areas and to develop, implement and later evaluate proactive policy and program solutions.

Project Pulse was established in 1972 in the Division of Student Affairs to systematically gather data from students through the use of a Gallup-type scientific polling operation. One year later, SAREO was formally established to administer Project Pulse and to coordinate and support campus-wide research on student activities. Many of their reports and item-by-item analyses of their undergraduate surveys are available at the SAREO web site listed under Project Pulse.