The Colorado State University Employee Climate Survey, launched in 2012, is administered every two to three years to all CSU faculty and staff. The Assessment Group for Diversity Issues, a committee of State Classified Personnel, Administrative Professionals and faculty members housed in the Office for Inclusive Excellence, developed the university-wide metric as a means of assessing the climate of CSU. Results for the most recent cycle (2021) are located below; past cycles are located at the bottom of this page.

The goal of the CSU Employee Climate Survey is to assess the current working environment and to inform strategic decisions and investments that allow employees to work in alignment with inclusive excellence.

The Office for Inclusive Excellence and the Assessment Group for Diversity Issues are pleased to share that the 2021 Employee Climate Survey results are now available. Please follow the links below to access overall results or division-specific results. Presentations will be scheduled in 2022-2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Links are not individualized and there is no way to identify respondents. Only Institutional Research, Planning, & Effectiveness sees the raw data.

No identifying data is reported under any circumstance. Any potentially identifying information is kept confidential and not even shared with the survey committee. Results have to have enough respondents before sharing to further ensure confidentiality. All demographic information is optional and there is a ‘Decline to Answer’ option for all demographic questions.

No! You can request a paper copy (in English or Spanish). Information about requesting a paper copy is available when climate surveys are open. 

Completing the survey provides important and valuable information that can be used to better inform CSU regarding areas that need to be improved and areas that can be strengthened for employees.

This year, your results will be focused on providing feedback to division/college leaders specific to your divisions/colleges. 

No. Only Institutional Research, Planning, & Effectiveness sees the raw data, and open-ended comments will not be shared with anyone. All identifying information and individual names will be removed before open-ended comments are coded. Results will only be presented in themes.

The results will be shared in aggregate and presentations will be offered for those interested. Findings will be available in spring 2021 and posted to this website.

Customized data results and presentations help units better understand where they can improve. There is also a campus climate committee that meets regularly to address key findings, discuss needs of employees and the university as a whole, and to track the processes of recommendations made for university improvements.

Findings from previous surveys have resulted in CSU expanding diversity and inclusion training; addressing the issue of bullying, which led to a formal policy in 2015; and implementing mandatory supervisor training.


The Assessment Group for Diversity Issues has begun working on plans for the next Employee Climate Survey. The survey moved from a two-year to a three-year cycle in 2019 in order to measure the impact of intentional trainings and organizational changes that may result from the previous cycle’s data.

Employee Climate Survey Cycle:

  • 2021: Survey is administered
  • 2022: Data analysis and unit presentations
  • 2023: Administrators shape policy, introduce new trainings, and collaborate with the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence on the results
  • 2024: Next survey is administered

How to Engage with the Employee Climate Survey:

  • Take the survey when it is administered and encourage your colleagues to do so as well
  • View the overall reports from the previous cycle (located at the bottom of this page)
  • View your respective unit results and presentation (located at the bottom of this page)
  • Participate with your unit’s administrators on change recommendations

The CSU Employee Climate Survey is made stronger by the participation of the entire employee community. Together, we can work to achieve the goal of being an environment where all feel welcomed, valued and affirmed and employees are able to do their best work and thrive.

2018 Employee Climate Survey Results

Thank you to all that participated and provided valuable feedback on your employment and experiences at CSU. Overall results and division/college level results are posted below. Use this document to answer questions about which college/division your department falls within for the purposes of the survey.

If you would like additional analyses or have questions about the results please contact Associate Vice President Shannon Archibeque-Engle in the Office for Inclusive Excellence.

Additional Data:
Intersectional Takeaways
Transgender/Non-Binary/Gender Non Conforming Report
– Focus Groups
Open Forum Thematic Analysis
– Open Ends