The Colorado State University Employee Climate Survey, launched in 2012, is administered every 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, supported by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, developed the university-wide metric as a means of assessing the climate of CSU. Results for the most recent cycle (2018) are located at the bottom of this page.

2021 Employee Climate Survey Formats

The 2021 Employee Climate Survey is being administered through an online survey and a link will be emailed directly to each employee on October 19th. 

If you would prefer a hard copy survey, those download files will be available on this page beginning Tuesday, October 19th. Hard copy surveys can be dropped off at:

  • Palmer Center (Drop box is inside the front entrance) 1005 W Laurel Street
  • Morgan Library (Drop box is located between the Loan/Reserve Desk and the Help Desk, just west of the main elevator) 1201 Center Avenue Mall
  • Facilities Management Department (Drop box is inside the main front door, northeast side of the building) 251 Edison Drive

2021 Employee Climate Survey Links

The Employee Climate Survey online survey will be emailed directly to all employees on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021. If you would prefer a hard copy format, you can download the PDF here. Deadline for completion is November 19th, 2021.

English PDF

Spanish PDF 

The Colorado State University Employee Climate Survey has one goal: to assess the current working environment and to inform strategic decisions and investments that allow employees to work in alignment with the land-grant mission.

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 will be available once the survey launches on October 19th. 

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 Shannon Archibeque-Engle in the Office of Inclusive Excellence.

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