Division of Student Affairs

iBelong Campus Climate Survey


The University and the Division of Student Affairs strive to promote a climate at UNCG where everyone feels supported and welcomed. In order to better understand student experiences here, the iBelong Project was launched in the Spring 2019 semester. The project utilized the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) survey, developed by the National Institute for Transformation and Equity.
The CECE survey measures college students’ perceptions of their campus environment through questions about aspects such as cultural groups, meaningful cross-cultural engagement, the ways in which faculty and staff support students, holistic support, and experiences around diversity and inclusion. 7,000 undergraduate students were randomly sampled from the UNCG roster to provide a representative sample of our student population, and then invited by email to complete the survey. The final sample used to compile the results included 1,127 undergraduates, including online and transfer students, and their demographic data mirrored the general demographics of the UNCG student body. A similar survey will be administered to graduate students in the Spring 2020 semester.
We care about the experience of our students and we want to understand how we can best help all students succeed here. The conversations that we have with our students and other groups on our campus will help us plan for the future. We hope you will reflect on the results of this Spring 2019 iBelong survey in order to create opportunities for ongoing dialogue We invite you to leave your feedback on the provided form and to also participate in the campus forums that we will host to discuss these results and plan for our next action items on how we can work together to create a sense of belonging for all Spartans.

Cathy Akens, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Julia Mendez Smith, Ph.D.
Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate

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October 2020

  • The iBelong team conducted three focus groups with students which included sharing key findings from the survey and also opportunities for students to discuss their experience with belonging, support from faculty/staff, and community on campus. These groups included meetings with student leaders as well as the general student body members.
  • Also as part of the listening tour in 2019, presentations on survey findings and information were delivered to Staff Senate and Faculty Senate. Additional sessions were also held with the Chancellor’s and Provost’s Councils.
  • A three-part series was developed to provide information to the campus community through Campus Weekly, which was published in Spring 2020.
  • In early Spring 2020, planning sessions were held with Student Affairs staff to plan interventions to deepen campus community and sense of belonging and strategize ways to engage with proactive outreach with students. A session is scheduled with Student Success in Fall 2020. The strategies developed will be used to implement a three-year plan of action.
  • Representatives from Student Success and the University Teaching and Learning Commons were added to the iBelong team. The UTLC is expanding their civil discourse training which will provide support to faculty as they engage in difficult conversations in the classroom.
  • A proposal to form an ad hoc committee to explore models for a Bias Awareness, Education, and Response Team for UNCG was approved by Provost Coleman. The team is working to develop a recommendation for a campus-wide mechanism for helping students share their concerns about bias and discrimination during Fall 2020.
  • The iBelong committee is also meeting during Fall 2020 to identify strategic opportunities for investing in projects that will promote belonging on campus.

Read the Report

CECE Spring 2019 Report v4 (2)

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