An assessment of the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons as perceived by the faculty, staff and administration at Texas A&M University

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Title: An assessment of the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons as perceived by the faculty, staff and administration at Texas A&M University
Author: Noack, Kerry Wayne
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify and describe the current campus climate for gay , lesbian , bisexual , and transgender persons at Texas A &M University as perceived by the faculty , professional staff , and administration at the institution . Specifically , the study looked at differences in perceptions and behaviors based on university position , race /ethnicity , gender , sexual identity , age , and interaction with members of the sexual orientation minority . The population for the survey consisted of 5 ,863 individuals at Texas A &M University , including 513 administrators , 1 ,992 faculty members , and 3 ,358 professional staff members . Based on the work of Krejcie and Morgan , a random sample of each of the three employment categories was taken , which resulted in a sample of 1 ,020 individuals . The survey instrument used was the Assessment of Campus Climate for Underrepresented Groups , developed by Susan R . Rankin , Ph .D . A selected group of questions from the survey were analyzed in order to conduct this research . The usable response rate was 47 .9 % . Overall , the data supported the finding that the University does not provide a campus environment that is welcoming to all members of the community , especially those individuals who identify as gay , lesbian , bisexual , or transgender . Several statistically significant differences were found to exist among the positions of the participants , as well as race /ethnicity , age , gender and sexual identity . The research also confirmed that an individual's attitudes and behaviors toward gay men , lesbians , bisexual men and women or transgender persons were influenced in a positive manner in relation to the frequency of contact that the person had previously had with members of this population . When compared to the norms established by a similar study across the United States , Texas A &M University was found to have a more negative campus climate . Implications for practice suggest ways in which the university can work toward improving the campus climate for gay , lesbian , bisexual and transgender students . Among the suggestions are the development of new policies that create a more supportive environment and new programs to serve the needs of the sexual orientation minority and to educate the campus community . Suggestions for future research are also discussed .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /1046
Date: 2004-11-15

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An assessment of the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons as perceived by the faculty, staff and administration at Texas A&M University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /1046 .

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