Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey

Providing you with the data necessary to understand and improve how students navigate religious and worldview diversity

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) is 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 is currently revising the survey instrument and planning for future administrations. Revisions and new timelines are intended to better meet campus assessment needs.



Interested in findings from the CRSCS? Looking to draw on national trends for your campus programs? 

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 helps 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 a future administration of the CRSCS.

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