Changing Campus Culture: Benchmark Data

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About the Benchmark Data

The benchmark questions, as well as the implementation of a campus climate survey, were part of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s (ODHE) 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 benchmark results are a snapshot of our public two-year and four-year and private campuses.

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 since. 

Prior to the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, Governor Mike DeWine directed ODHE to begin collecting data from campus employees. A committee was convened in the summer of 2019 to develop the employee questions. Unfortunately, the shift to remote learning in the spring 2020 semester due to the global pandemic did not allow for data collection to occur in a meaningful way. As a result, the 2020-2021 academic year is the first time employee data were collected. Since there is only one year of data for employees, the averages by sector have been captured in a pdf below. Moving forward, employee data will be provided in a visual representation similar to the student data above.

While participation in the Changing Campus Culture initiative was not mandated, we are pleased to announce that more than 31,000 students and more than 15,000 employees from 65 public and private campuses 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.