Consider a Climate Survey

Climate surveys are a tool academic departments can employ to gain detailed information about their climate.  The Office of the Provost collaborates with leaders of academic units across the University to design and deliver climate surveys. You can see a list of Princeton academic departments which have delivered climate surveys below. Survey questions and responses can be customized to meet the needs of each academic department using a survey template developed and adapted from institutional surveys run for all campus populations (undergrads, grads, faculty, postdocs and staff).  The administration of the survey is confidentially carried out in partnership with academic departments, centers and institutes.  

The Office of the Provost offers additional assistance with the preparation of confidential summary reports of the data highlighting key demographics, positive aspects of your academic unit’s climate and analysis of areas for improvement specific to individual populations within your unit.  Assistance with displaying and reporting the data in illustrated narrative formats is provided to each academic unit.  Support and guidance is available for preparing for next steps following the analysis of your department's climate survey data, including:

  • Open office hours with the Chair to discuss DEI
  • A Summer Visiting Faculty Research Partnership
  • Restructuring of colloquium and seminars to support open discussion
  • Creation of graduate and postdoc manuals to communicate departmental expectations
  • Panel series and discussion groups to promote inclusion
  • DEI professional development for faculty, postdocs and graduate students