Campus Climate Survey

The National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) is a national survey administered at the University of Southern California (USC) by the USC Race and Equity Center that seeks to assess the campus climate for students, faculty, and staff around racial diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Emory partnered with NACCC in fall 2021 to administer a campus-wide survey for undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, and full-time faculty and staff. In spring 2022, Emory followed up with a survey of part-time faculty and staff. NACCC has provided Emory with executive reports and benchmarked the undergraduate student data to other participating institutions.

The Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support received a deidentified dataset and has been working to prepare dashboards to explore the responses by school and demographic.

Below is a list of resources currently available from the NACCC study at Emory.

Summary Reports

Next Steps

  • Survey results are released (April/May)
  • Emory Report article explaining the context of the survey and its impact on future planning (April/May)
  • Continued discussions of our inventory of recommendations made from the survey with various levels of leadership including what the survey results tell us about our community; what we are currently doing; and what we plan to do in the future.
  • Develop actionable recommendations that will allow us to measure the progress of achievable goals (2023–2024)
  • Make presentations during Diversity Week 2023 to discuss next steps for 2023–2024 (which will include connecting survey results to institutional DEI goals).

Additional Information

Coache Survey Results

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) administers a satisfaction survey, which examines faculty attitudes across all aspects of university life.


The National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) is a relatively new national quantitative survey on campus racial climate created by the University of Southern California (USC) Race and Equity Center

The NACCC survey is based on a decade of the center’s qualitative work and crafted by race, equity, and inclusion experts on the NACCC Advisory Panel who worked together to identify the most salient survey content areas and questions in the field of campus racial climate today. 

The NACCC includes the following six content areas essential to understanding racial climate on campus, plus demographic information: mattering and affirmation, cross-racial engagement, encounters with racial stress, racial learning and literacy, appraisals of institutional commitment, and impact of external environments. 

Read the NACCC survey FAQs

Under the leadership of Carol Henderson—vice provost for diversity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, and adviser to the president—Emory is participating in the NACCC, which will help inform the diversity strategic planning process underway at Emory.

The NACCC was created and is sponsored by the USC Race and Equity Center in Los Angeles, California, and has IRB approval from USC. Lumina Foundation funded the development and launch of the NACCC.

The NACCC survey reflects a decade of the USC Race and Equity Center’s qualitative work and the input of race, equity, and inclusion experts on the NACCC Advisory Panel* who have identified the most salient content areas and questions in the field of campus racial climate. A diverse Student Advisory Panel consults with NACCC staff about the ways in which undergraduates engage with campus surveys generally. The panel also provides review and input on the content of the campus racial climate survey specifically.

* Members include college and university presidents and provosts, campus diversity and inclusion officers, race and equity content faculty and experts, postsecondary institution membership association directors, institutional researchers, and survey methodologists.

Content Areas

  • Mattering and affirmation
  • Cross-racial engagement
  • Encounters with racial stress
  • Racial learning and literacy
  • Appraisals of institutional commitment
  • Impact of external environments


Frequently asked questions at the survey's launch

This survey has provided data about the Emory community's commitment to equity and inclusion and the extent to which all of us interact meaningfully with diverse others. In the case of our students, the survey evaluated their feelings of readiness for citizenship in a racially diverse democracy and other important topics.

The NACCC survey is a validated survey instrument based on more than a decade of studies at colleges and universities across the country. It provides comparative data and recommendations, which will be helpful in gauging Emory's campus climate relative to other participating institutions. In addition to the NACCC survey and reports, interested institutions also can access other resources at the USC Race and Equity Center to improve their campus racial climate, including the USC Equity Institutes.

View information on the Equity Institutes

Confidentiality and anonymity are assured in all NACCC analyses and reports.

The survey was voluntary, and all of the information you provided will be kept confidential. Your individual data will be sent directly to the NACCC, not Emory, and will be accessible only to NACCC survey administrators, who operate under strict confidentiality requirements.

Your name and email address were retained solely for the sake of reminders. When Emory receives the survey report, only the aggregate data is shown. No identifiers are matched to reported responses and no disaggregated data will be presented for any subgroup with fewer than five respondents. 

Emory has requested unit-record data in addition to the NACCC survey report, but access to that level of detail is strictly limited. The details of this data sharing will be disclosed on the first web page you see upon clicking the unique link emailed to you. The unit-record data (without your name or email address) was sent only to the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support at Emory, whose director signed a statement of confidentiality legally guaranteeing that the unit-record data will not be shared with any individuals who are in a position to make or influence personnel decisions about individual subjects. Further, only aggregate data, with no cells smaller than five respondents, will be shared with broader audiences at Emory.

There will be no direct impact of this survey on your role at Emory. The university will use the results to create action plans to improve the campus climate. 

Yes. Information about the findings, process, and resulting action will be shared with the university community. 

Upon receiving the survey results, Emory will begin a process to develop action plans to address issues identified by the survey. The action plans will be vetted with various constituencies.  

Campus Resources

This topic—the racial climate on Emory’s campus—is a challenging one, which is all the more reason why your participation is important. In recognition of that fact, Emory provides the following resources for community members who might experience emotional distress: