An Examination of the Learning, Living, and Working Environment at the University of Kansas

Your Voice. Your KU.

Look to your left, look to your right, look all around. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you experience? What drives you? What do you most value? These elements all form the climate of the University of Kansas. Assessing KU’s climate — how well we as an institution value others and enable their success — is crucial to our continuing improvement as an exceptional university.

In 2016, we are seeking your input. We want everyone to have a voice in this process, from students to staff to faculty across all of KU's campuses. This is your chance to get involved in shaping what KU will be in the future. How do you get involved? By participating in the university-wide survey that will be offered Sept. 13-Oct. 14, 2016.  We want to hear from everyone in this process. 

At the University of Kansas we seek to create an environment characterized by openness, fairness, and equal access for all students, staff, and faculty. Creating and maintaining a community environment that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential is critically important. A welcoming and inclusive campus climate is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction, and is one of the foundations of our educational model.  

Together all of KU’s campuses, including Lawrence, the KU Medical Center Campus in Kansas City, Wichita and Salina, and the Edwards Campus, will participate in this assessment of learning, living, and working at the University of Kansas. 

The voice of every student, every staff member, every faculty member matters. Explore more in the FAQ and learn how you can get involved.


  • Fall 2015

    Preparing the campus – education, marketing, reviewing relevant data

  • Spring 2016

    Focus groups and begin survey development

  • Summer 2016

    Complete Survey, IRB Process, and Communication Plan

  • Fall 2016

    Survey Administration and Data Analysis

  • Spring 2017

    Report Results to the campus community

  • Summer 2017

    Develop strategic action steps with the campus community

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