Campus climate assessment has been instrumental in helping colleges and universities grapple with issues of religious and spiritual identity. With religious diversity being a salient and potentially divisive reality in American public discourse and civic life, many colleges and universities are asking how their campuses can cultivate environments and foster attitudes that encourage students to build bridges with people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions. The Values, Interfaith Engagement, and Worldview Survey (VIEWS) is a theoretically-based and empirically-validated assessment tool designed to help campus leaders understand students’ perceptions of and engagement with people of diverse religious worldviews.
About the Survey
Designed by Alyssa Rockenbach (North Carolina State University) and Matthew Mayhew (The Ohio State University) in partnership with the Interfaith Youth Core, VIEWS builds on the Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey (CRSCS) and the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) to provide campuses with a pulse on students’ perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors related to worldview diversity. VIEWS contains a number of items and scales used in the CRSCS and IDEALS that are shown to be related to important aims such as interfaith engagement and pluralism orientation.
VIEWS can help your campus answer such questions as:
- To what degree do students perceive your campus as welcoming for students of diverse religious and nonreligious perspectives?
- In what ways do students engage across lines of worldview difference on your campus? Who is engaging in interfaith activities and who is not?
- To what degree do students hold appreciative attitudes toward others of diverse worldview identities? How are those attitudes different for students of various beliefs or backgrounds?
- In what ways are students ready and willing to engage with religiously diverse others?
Registration for Spring 2018 administration is now closed. Limited space will be available for the Spring 2020 administration and campuses will be accepted into the administration on a first-come, first-served basis. Participating campuses receive support for survey administration preparation, a custom report for your institution, and individual guidance for understanding and using your results.
Costs to participate:
Early Registration: $3,500*
Early Registration Deadline: Fall 2019 (date TBA)
Final Registration: $4,500*
Final Registration Deadline: Winter 2019 (date TBA)
*Survey pricing and availability is subject to change
Below are factors that will be included in VIEWS. These scales are drawn from two previous survey instruments: Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey (CRSCS) and Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS); and have been separated into three categories: climate indicators, campus experiences, and outcomes.
VIEWS captures students perceptions of the campus climate related to worldview experiences and interfaith engagement. Specifically, the survey includes a collection of items designed to capture both positive and negative aspects of climate. For positive aspects, students answer questions about perceived support for their own worldview identity and to what degree the campus is welcoming for a range of specific worldview identities. When looking at negative aspects of climate, several items collect student perceptions of coercion, divisiveness, insensitivity based on worldview identities. These climate indicators help campus educators understand student impressions of the worldview community.
In addition to understanding students’ perceptions of the climate, VIEWS collects information about how students engage with religiously diverse peers and experience worldview diversity. The instrument captures this information in two ways. First, a series of items explore how students experience challenging yet stimulating interactions with diverse others as well as negative interworldview engagement. These items can help campus educators understand the quality of experiences students have engaging worldview diversity. Second, another collection of items captures what activities students are engaging in including general religious/spiritual activities, formal interfaith programs, informal engagement with diverse peers, and experiences in the classroom.
There are three primary outcomes scales measured in VIEWS: self-authored worldview commitment, appreciative attitudes toward others, and pluralism orientation. These three outcomes are critical components for productive interfaith engagement.
- Self-authored Worldview Commitment measures the degree of reflection and consideration of other worldviews that students engage in prior to committing to their own worldview.
- Appreciative Attitudes Toward Others measures how positively students view individuals of different worldview groups. There is one scale for each of the following groups: Atheists, Buddhists, Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Hindus, Jews, Latter Day Saints/Mormons, Muslims, political conservatives, and political liberals.
- Pluralism Orientation captures the extent to which students are globally oriented, are accepting of others with different worldviews, believe that worldviews share many common values, consider it important to understand the differences between world religions, believe it is possible to have strong relationships with diverse others and still hold to their own worldview, believe it is important to engage in service with people of other worldviews, and are open to adjusting their worldview as they have new life experiences.
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Meet Our Survey Partners
Dr. Matt Mayhew
Matthew Mayhew is the William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration with a focus on Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. Dr. Mayhew is interested in how collegiate conditions, educational practices, and student experiences influence learning and democratic outcomes ranging from moral reasoning to high-risk drinking behaviors.
Mayhew has published articles in Research in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, the NASPA Journal, the Journal of College Student Development, Ethics and Behavior, and Journal of Moral Education. He has co- authored a chapter in Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Mayhew has also received several grants for exploring the impact of college on student outcomes, including, but not limited to, moral reasoning, spirituality, high-risk drinking, and innovative entrepreneurship. He earned his doctorate in higher education administration with a focus on research, evaluation, and assessment from the University of Michigan in 2004.
Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach
Alyssa Rockenbach is Professor of Higher Education at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on the impact of college on students, with particular attention to spiritual development, religious and worldview diversity in colleges and universities, campus climate, community service engagement, and gendered dimensions of the college student experience.
Rockenbach’s research has been featured in a number of higher education and interdisciplinary journals, including Research in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Gender and Education, and Religion and Education. In 2012, Dr. Rockenbach co-edited Spirituality in College Students' Lives: Translating Research into Practice with Dr. Matt Mayhew. She has been honored with national awards, including the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Emerging Scholar Award, the Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award, and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Religion & Education SIG Emerging Scholar Award. Dr. Rockenbach earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.