Institutional Climate

Campus Climate Survey – Fall 2021

In fall 2021, all UMass Amherst students and employees (N=34,052) were invited to participate in a Campus Climate Survey (CCS) to help the university better understand the challenges of creating a respectful and inclusive campus environment. The survey was sponsored by the university’s Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) and conducted by ASER. 

The survey instrument included a set of core questions about campus climate perceptions and experiences at UMass Amherst, and items about social identity aspects. Additional sets of questions were tailored to each of four target populations (undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty). The survey also incorporated two main open-ended questions to gather details about participants’ experiences at the university and specific suggestions for ways to improve the campus climate. 

The results of the survey will be available in their entirety in the fall of 2022. The following current reports are available on the OEI website:


Modern Workplace Survey – Fall 2021


In early fall, 2021, ASER conducted a Modern Workplace Survey to assess staff members’ experiences working remotely during the pandemic. The survey was designed in-house and conducted to inform the work of the University’s Modern Workplace Working Group. The survey included both closed- and open-response questions about potential challenges associated with working remotely, perceptions of how well-suited remote work is for various job aspects, and preferences for potential remote work opportunities in the future. The survey also included a set of questions for supervisors that asked how successful their employees were at working remotely, and the extent to which specific aspects of remote supervision were a challenge for them. All staff who had worked remotely during the pandemic (N=2,180) were invited to participate in the confidential survey, which achieved a robust response rate of 57.6% (n=1,256).


Sustainability Survey – Fall 2019


In Fall 2019, UMass Amherst conducted a Sustainability Survey to gather information to support the University’s academic, research, and campus initiatives that promote sustainable living practices in a collaborative environment. Representatives from the School of Earth and Sustainability and University Relations collaborated with ASER to develop the survey in house after reviewing several surveys conducted by other institutions.


Campus Climate Survey – Fall 2016


In fall 2016, ASER conducted a Campus Climate Survey, which was developed in-house by ASER researchers in collaboration with the Campus Climate Survey Committee. The design of the survey was guided by a well-established framework for understanding campus climate, and also by existing climate survey instruments, including one conducted previously at UMass Amherst. All undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty (N=33,081) were invited to participate in the confidential online survey (anonymous, for faculty & staff), which achieved an overall response rate of 41.4% (n=13,702).


Undergraduate Student Life Study – Spring 2013


In Spring 2013, the Division of Student Affairs & Campus Life administered the Undergraduate Student Life Survey to gain insights to key elements of the UMass Amherst environment, as experienced by undergraduate students.

Student Life 2013 Survey - Aggregate Findings