Changing Campus Culture: Benchmark Data

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About the Benchmark Data

The benchmark results are a snapshot of our public two-year and four-year and private campuses. The benchmark questions, as well as the implementation of a campus climate survey, were part of ODHE’s Changing Campus Culture initiative, which launched in the fall of 2015 to support the work at all Ohio colleges and universities to end sexual violence.

The statewide benchmark questions were carefully selected to provide a common set of data across all participating Ohio campuses.  While participation in the Changing Campus Culture initiative, including the climate survey and benchmark questions dissemination, was not mandated, we are pleased to announce that 100% of our public colleges and universities (two-year and four-year) participated in the benchmark questions. In total, 81% of Ohio campuses (public and private) participated in the benchmark questions.

The benchmark data for Ohio aligns with what is being reported nationally and provides a road map as to next steps to support our campuses in changing the culture regarding sexual violence.

About the Campus Climate Surveys

As part of the Changing Campus Culture report, released in October 2015, all Ohio campuses were asked to complete comprehensive campus climate surveys on sexual violence (see recommendation #1). Climate Surveys are an important tool in assisting the college/university in understanding the best way to address prevention and response efforts on campus. As a widely accepted best practice in sexual violence prevention and response, climate surveys provide insight on the true levels of perpetration among other important factors, including knowledge of campus reporting options and protocols, prevention training effectiveness, campus readiness to address sexual violence, confidence in the campus’ ability to effectively respond to reports, and more.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education is pleased to announce that 100% of our public colleges and universities (two-year and four-year) reported administering a climate survey to their campus community in the past year. In total, 88% of Ohio campuses (public and private) reported administering a climate survey to their campus community in the past year. 

Campus climate survey data belongs to each individual campus and not to ODHE.