Improving Campus Climate Essay

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Measuring and trying to improve campus climate can be difficult and sometimes frustrating. There are many different facets, but when the media reports school leaders in a negative light, the school’s image is affected within the school and the local community. Educational leaders can listen to what people are saying. Some people think there isn't a problem and others feel they are not valued and respected. Cultural proficiency becomes a priority in addressing the concerns of a diverse student population. This can prompt a review of school climate (Developing a Positive School Climate, 2009). At a Minority Serving Institution in southeast Texas, the President’s Award for Excellent Teaching was implemented as a reward system to …show more content…
Organizational, occupational and social cultures shape people’s values and affect their communications (Lindsay, Robins, & Terrell, 2003). It appears the overlay of school climate, school or student cultures, and professional cultures provide a unique mix that will affect each of the groups at the school in a different way. According to a 2004 Best Practice Briefs publication by the Michigan State University, campus or school culture can be defined as “shared ideas, assumptions, values, and beliefs that give an organization its identity and standard for expected behaviors” (Tableman & Herron, p. 1). Campus culture is different from campus climate in that campus culture is based on past experience which provides a template for future action on “how we do things in this organization” (p. 1). The Campus Climate Network Group (2002) reported that campus or school climate can be defined..." as the atmosphere or ambience of an organization as perceived by its members" (p. 1).
A common definition from four national sources defined school climate as “…the quality and character of school life that is based on patterns of school life experiences and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching, learning and leadership practices, and organizational structures"
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