University of Missouri climate survey reveals dissatisfaction

Sep 13, 2017 by

When the University of Missouri conducted a climate survey in the fall of 2016, three out of every five faculty members responding and two out of every five students said they had seriously considered leaving MU within the past year.

For faculty, the reasons were low pay, lack of institutional support and the possibility of another job. For the students, a “lack of a sense of belonging” and a “climate not welcoming” were the top reasons they thought about leaving.

Those figures are among the most striking data to come out of the university climate survey conducted by Rankin & Associates Consulting, which examined the attitudes and experiences of students, faculty and staff on all four UM campuses and at for the system.

The data will be used to create a campus where every individual is valued, appreciated and encouraged, MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said Tuesday during a town hall meeting to release the results.

“You know that arguably the last two years have been some of the most challenging in Mizzou’s 178-year history,” Cartwright said. “Going into this survey, university leaders knew that some of the feedback would be difficult to hear.”

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