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. Each of the report links below provides data point comparisons for each question by sector for the past two academic years. The questions asked during the 2016-2017 academic year were altered slightly from the questions asked the previous year. As a result, the data collected in the spring 2016 term cannot be compared to the data collected the last two academic years. 

While participation in the Changing Campus Culture initiative was not mandated, we are pleased to announce that more than 38,000 students from 36 public (two-year and four-year) and 34 private colleges and universities completed surveys. Ohio remains one of the few states in the nation asking campuses to collect data at this level.

The benchmark data for Ohio align with what is being reported nationally and provide a road map for developing 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 asks that campuses in Ohio collect climate survey data in two-year cycles. Eighty campuses in Ohio (public and private) reported collected climate survey data on sexual violence between August 2016 and May 2018. 

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


Ohio colleges and universities reporting the collection of climate survey data between August 2016 and May 2018:

Four-year Public Universities

Bowling Green State University

Central State University

Cleveland State University

Kent State University

Miami University

Northeast Ohio Medical University

The Ohio State University

Ohio University

Shawnee State University

The University of Akron

University of Cincinnati

The University of Toledo

Wright State University

Youngstown State University

Two-year Community & Technical Colleges

Central Ohio Technical College

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Clark State Community College

Columbus State Community College

Cuyahoga Community College

Eastern Gateway Community College

Edison State Community College

Hocking College

Lakeland Community College

Lorain County Community College

Marion Technical College

North Central State College

Northwest State Community College

Owens Community College

Rhodes State College

Sinclair Community College

Southern State Community College

Stark State College

Terra State Community College

Rio Grande Community College

Washington State Community College

Zane State College

Private Colleges and Universities

Ashland University

Aultman College of Nursing

Baldwin-Wallace University

Bluffton University

Capital University

Cedarville University

The Christ College of Nursing

Cleveland Institute of Art

Cleveland Institute of Music

The College of Wooster

Columbus College of Art & Design

Defiance College

Denison University

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Franklin University

Good Samaritan College of Nursing

Heidelberg University

Hiram College

John Carroll University

Kenyon College

Kettering College

Lourdes University

Malone University

Marietta College

Mercy College of Ohio

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Mount St. Joseph University

Muskingum University

Notre Dame College

Oberlin College

Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Northern University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Otterbein University

Tiffin University

University of Dayton

The University of Findlay

University of Mount Union

University of Northwestern Ohio

University of Rio Grande

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University

Ursuline College

Walsh University

Wilmington College

Wittenberg University

Xavier University