Each Voice Counts

Climate Survey Results

A majority of respondents agree that UMKC has a positive climate for living, working and learning

UMKC is committed to creating an environment characterized by openness, fairness and equity for all students, faculty and staff.  We seek to maintain a welcoming and inclusive campus climate where all feel respected and valued.

To this end, UMKC retained the services of Rankin and Associates, a well-respected consulting firm, to assist us in developing a climate survey. UMKC launched a comprehensive survey titled “Each Voice Counts: University of Missouri-Kansas City Climate for Living, Working and Learning” on October 4, 2016. The goals of the survey included:

  1. Identify successful initiatives
  2. Uncover any challenges facing members of our community
  3. Develop strategic initiatives to build on the successes and address the challenges.

On September 11, our community heard the survey findings. Overall, the results indicate that a majority of respondents agree that UMKC has a positive climate for living, working and learning. As we expected, the survey also revealed opportunities for improvement. UMKC is committed to diligently addressing these issues. We will be convening the Chancellor’s Diversity Council to review the results, and seek input from the university community regarding possible solutions to identified problems. The Council has been charged with developing an action plan to address those issues, with timelines and deliverables. We will keep the community informed of our progress at regular intervals.

I would like to thank the UMKC Climate Survey team who spent countless hours designing the survey and encouraging participation throughout the university. Your perseverance and commitment to the process contributed to UMKC reaching a strong 25% response rate. I also want to thank the Division of Student Affairs, the Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications, the Faculty Senate, Student Government Association (SGA) and Staff Council for your steadfast support of the “Each Voice Counts” survey.

Your questions and feedback are welcomed. Together, we will use the survey results to continue to make UMKC a better place for all.


Susan B. Wilson, Ph.D., MBA
Vice Chancellor
Division of Diversity and Inclusion