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2018 Survey

Thank you to all who participated!

The University of South Carolina is committed to collecting survey data every two years to evaluate our progress on addressing campus climate as it relates specifically to our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Spring 2018 marked the second time that we collected survey data for undergraduate students, faculty and staff.

University scholars agree that students, faculty and staff thrive (both socially and academically) in inclusive environments where diversity is valued and the general principles of civility are practiced. Your feedback helped to inform the ways in which we are, or are not, living up to the values expressed in our Carolinian Creed. Your feedback also informed our recently Board of Trustees approved Equity and Inclusion Plan.

We will continuously work to foster a respectful, equitable and inclusive university community and strive to improve the working and learning environment at our university.


Survey Results and Transparency 

  • Survey results were not reported in any form that would identify an individual.
  • Results will be used to make tangible improvements to the experiences of all members of our university community.
  • We are committed to transparency. Results of our 2018 campus climate survey and 2016 undergraduate student climate survey are posted for you to review.


Survey Administration and Confidentiality 

  • Surveys were sent vial email to all undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff of the UofSC-Columbia campus.
  • Participation was completely voluntary.
  • While responses are not anonymous, they are completely confidential.
  • Respondents were permitted to skip and questions that made them uncomfortable.

Survey Response Rates (Faculty)
Total Respondents 825
Email Response Rate 32%
Total Complete 705
Completion Rate 86%

Survey Response Rates (Staff)
Total Respondents 1,478
Email Response Rate 27%
Total Complete 1,217
Completion Rate 82%   

Survey Response Rates (Undergraduate Students)
Total Respondents 2,134
Email Response Rate 9%
Total Complete 1,618
Completion Rate 76%

Survey Response Rates (Graduate Students)
Total Respondents 951
Email Response Rate 12%
Total Complete 711
Completion Rate 75% 

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