Survey & Indicators

The Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Survey is designed to measure the 9 CECE indicators that represent the characteristics of optimally inclusive and equitable campus environments. These indicators also denote the 9 elements of environments that allow diverse populations to thrive in college. College and university campuses can use the CECE Survey and these 9 CECE indicators to…

  • Create dialogue that is centered on the things that matter most when serving diverse student populations.
  • Diagnose their campus environments from an inclusion and equity perspective.
  • Identify where these environments can be improved.
  • Develop plans to cultivate more inclusive and equitable environments.
  • Create environments that maximize success among all students regardless of their backgrounds and identities.

Cultural Relevance

Five indicators focus on the ways that campus environments are relevant to the cultural backgrounds and communities of diverse college students:

  1. Cultural Familiarity: Campus spaces for students to connect with faculty, staff, and peers who understand their cultural backgrounds, identities, and experiences.
  2. Culturally Relevant Knowledge: Opportunities for students to learn about their own cultural communities via culturally relevant curricular and co-curricular opportunities.
  3. Cultural Community Service: Opportunities for students to give back to and positively transform their home communities.
  4. Meaningful Cross-Cultural Engagement: Programs and practices that facilitate educationally meaningful cross-cultural interactions among their students that focus on solving real social and political problems.
  5. Cultural Validation: Campus cultures that validate the cultural backgrounds, knowledge, and identities of diverse students.

  6. Cultural Responsiveness

    The remaining four indicators focus on the ways in which support systems take into account and respond to the norms and needs of diverse students:

  7. Collectivist Cultural Orientations: Campuses cultures that emphasize a collectivist, rather than individualistic, cultural orientation that is characterized by teamwork and pursuit of mutual success.
  8. Humanized Educational Environments: Availability of opportunities for students to develop meaningful relationships with faculty and staff members who care about and are committed to their success.
  9. Proactive Philosophies: Philosophies that lead faculty, administrators, and staff to proactively bring important information, opportunities, and support services to students, rather than waiting for students to seek them out or hunt them down on their own.
  10. Holistic Support: Students' access to at least one faculty or staff member that they are confident will provide the information they need, offer the help they seek, or connect them with the information or support that they require regardless of the problem or issue that they face.

Note: The CECE Survey also measures several other variables, including demographics (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, family income, parents' education), precollege factors (e.g., academic preparation), academic dispositions (e.g., motivation, self-efficacy, intent to persist), sense of belonging, academic performance, and learning outcomes.

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Questions about the project? Contact us at: cece@indiana.edu