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. The questions asked during the 2016-2017 academic year were altered slightly from the questions asked the previous year. These changes were made as a result of feedback and collaboration with campuses across Ohio. As a result very few data points were comparable from 2015-2016 to 2016-2017. Moving forward ODHE will be able to compare the data collected this past academic year with the data collected this coming academic year.

While participation in the Changing Campus Culture initiative was not mandated, we are pleased to announce that we have almost doubled the total number of respondents for the benchmark questions from slightly more than 23,000 in 2016 to more than 45,000 in 2017. Ohio remains one of the few states in the nation asking campuses to collect data at this level.


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 did not ask campuses to disseminate campus climate surveys again in the 2016-2017 academic year, but will be asking campuses to do so in 2017-2018.

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