Update on the Academic Climate Survey
This fall, we introduced the Academic Climate Survey (ACS) in the pages of the Faculty Newsletter, and have been invited to share some early observations of faculty data with FNL readers. We are grateful to all the members of the MIT community who took the time to share their experiences with us in the Academic Climate Survey (ACS). A response rate of nearly 70% is an indication that the topic of workplace climate in academic departments and research units is important to MIT faculty. The public report of overall results from the ACS can be found on the Institutional Research website.
Overall, 89% of MIT faculty are satisfied (very satisfied + somewhat satisfied) with their role at MIT. While the overall story is positive, there are some indicators that suggest room for improvement.
For the first time, we asked respondents whether or not they have a disability. Data from faculty respondents who identified as having a disability suggest they feel less integrated in their departments. For example, they agree (somewhat agree + strongly agree) at a higher rate that they feel excluded from informal networks in their DLC and have felt isolated somewhat more frequently than faculty respondents who do not identify as having a disability.
We continue to be concerned about the number and length of surveys on campus. As the Council on Family and Work revises the quadrennial Quality of Life (QoL) Survey, they are seeking opportunities to reduce the overall length of the QoL while incorporating the ACS as a module within that survey, which will be administered during the 2020 Independent Activities Period (IAP).
The culture of MIT is important – it binds us together in our mission to advance cutting-edge research and education. The Academic Climate Survey results show that not everyone experiences the same culture, and through the MindHandHeart initiative we will be able to share innovation across departments and better access expert campus resources. MIT remains committed to examining these issues so that we can continue to grow and improve. IR and MindHandHeart will continue to work with department heads and directors of centers and labs across campus to leverage these data as part of both new and ongoing efforts to ensure that MIT is a welcoming workplace.
For the ACS responses of faculty with regard to stress, see MIT Numbers.