Campus Climate Assessment Process
To minimize internal bias, the College contracted with Rankin & Associates (R&A) to facilitate the climate project. The Campus Climate Working Group (CCWG) made up of faculty, staff, and students from PC worked with R&A to contextualize the process, and to design the focus groups. The focus groups were facilitated by R&A. [Click here for R & A's institutional client list.]
On October 7, 2013, students, faculty, and staff participated in 16 focus groups. All participants were solicited by the CCWG and invitations from Father Shanley were forwarded to participants through the Office of Institutional Diversity. The interview protocol used in the groups included four questions, which addressed participants’ perceptions of PC’s campus climate, identifying the greatest challenges for various groups at PC, and suggestions to improve the campus climate.
One hundred and twenty-nine (129) people participated in the 16 focus groups that included 71 students, 27 faculty members, and 31 staff members. The groups, selected by the CCWG, were divided by selected demographic characteristics so that participants might feel safe to speak about their experiences. At each group, participants were offered the contact information of R&A staff for the opportunity to provide additional information if they wished.