Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey

Campus climate assessment has been instrumental in helping colleges and universities grapple with issues of religious and spiritual identity. As religious diversity became an increasingly salient and divisive reality in American public discourse and civic life, many colleges and universities asked how their campus could cultivate a more inclusive environment. 

The Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey (CRSCS) was a theoretically-based and empirically-validated assessment tool designed to assist campus leaders in creating positive climates that embrace the challenges and realize the possibilities of supporting diverse religious and non-religious worldviews on campus.

Based on years of feedback from campus partners and research that illuminates particularly potent campus climate and experiential factors, IFYC revised the survey instrument and in the spring of 2017 announced the Values, Interfaith Engagement and Worldview Survey (VIEWS). This new instrument replaces the CRSCS as a cross-sectional tool for campus interfaith climate assessment. Interested in findings from the CRSCS? Looking to draw on national trends for your campus programs? Browse Reports and Literature.

About the Survey

The CRSCS was developed in 2009 and piloted by Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach of North Carolina State University and Dr. Matthew Mayhew of New York University. The survey climate scales are based on the theoretical framework established by Hurtado, Milem, Clayton-Pedersen, and Allen (1999), which models the interrelated elements of campus climate for racial/ethnic diversity.

In 2011, Drs. Rockenbach and Mayhew partnered with IFYC to integrate new measures specific to interfaith action and related attitudinal and behavioral outcomes.

Administered at over 60 diverse colleges and universities, the CRSCS helped campuses answer such questions as:

  • Do students perceive campus as a welcoming space for diverse religious and non-religious identites, beliefs, and practices?
  • How do students perceive both positive and negative aspects of the religious and spiritual climate? What areas of campus climate present challenges or opportunities for improving the student experience?
  • To what degree do students engage with the religious and spiritual experiences on campus, including formal and informal engagement with diverse peers?
  • What are students' attitudes toward other diverse worldviews? And to what degree are students willing to engage with worldview diversity?

If these questions resonate with existing concerns or emerging priorities for your campus, contact us for more information about VIEWS, our new cross-sectional survey. 

Further Resources for CRSCS


Assessment Resources & Related Reading

Useful guides for campus interfaith assessment and important scholarship.

Overview of the Campus Religious & Spiritual Climate Survey

Check out this resource for further information and understanding of the CRSCS.

Meet Our Survey Partners


Dr. Matt Mayhew

- Dr. Matt Mayhew / Co-Principle Investigator, William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration with a focus on Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. read more read less
Dr. Matt Mayhew / Co-Principle Investigator, William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration with a focus on Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University.

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.

https://u.osu.edu/coil/associated-faculty/


Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach

- Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach / Co-Principle Investigator, Professor of Higher Education, North Carolina State University read more read less
Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach / Co-Principle Investigator, Professor of Higher Education, North Carolina State University

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.  

https://ced.ncsu.edu/people/anbryan2/