THE ADEA CLIMATE STUDY




FAQs



  • A climate study is used to gain insight into the culture and the experiences of members of an academic campus, organization or industry. It usually consists of a survey or multiple surveys and focus groups.

    Participants in a climate study are encouraged to share their observations and experiences at their respective campuses. This climate study will assess the experiences of students, faculty, staff and administrators in dental education campuses (allied dental program and dental schools).



  • Participation in the ADEA climate study is FREE to U.S. and Canadian dental schools and allied dental programs!

 

  • ADEA is launching this dental education-wide climate study with a survey to collect baseline information about diversity, equity and inclusion at U.S. and Canadian dental schools and allied dental education programs.

    A major objective is to assist all campuses involved in dental education with assessing their community members’ observations and experiences regarding the campus climate and the way it supports diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice for all their stakeholders.



  • This first-ever climate study survey will include questions concerning the well-being and engagement of members of all demographic groups. These baseline data will allow dental schools and allied dental programs to identify their strengths and areas for improvement related to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and support their efforts to maintain a humanistic environment.

    An additional major objective will be to use the data collected to inform the future of dental education and support the development of new and enhanced strategic initiatives related to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice in dental education.

 

  • The climate study will provide evidence-based environmental data and record the perceptions of students, faculty and staff in academic dentistry.

    To increase and improve diversity within the oral health professions and the dental education pathway, academic dentistry must ensure a humanistic climate and advance programming and policies that promote equity, inclusion and belongingness for all faculty, students, staff, residents and fellows.

    Therefore, the climate study is a crucial step in assisting all campuses with measuring perceptions regarding the campus climate as one supportive of inclusion, equality and equitable outcomes for all stakeholders.



  • For the first time in our history, the ADEA climate study will allow U.S. and Canadian dental schools and allied dental education programs to benchmark across peer campuses and programs to better understand the landscape in which we educate, learn, teach and treat patients.

    We realize that some dental schools and allied dental programs may have previously participated in climate studies at the campus level. However, one of the ADEA climate study’s major benefits will be the availability of anonymous comparative aggregated data specific to dental schools and allied dental programs, which has been unavailable for schools and programs participating solely in university/campus studies.

    Participating campuses will also receive an individualized confidential campus report, customized with data tables, to assist in diversity and strategic planning at the school and program level.



  • Your campus's participation is crucial to gaining deep insight into the trends that should be recognized and celebrated and uncover opportunities for growth and transformational change. Additionally, the data will allow for the collective development of targeted strategic initiatives at the ADEA association and campus levels to foster a more inclusive, safe and welcoming humanistic environment for every person, and the creation of key diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion programs. 



  • The climate study is a crucial step in ensuring that all voices in academic dentistry are heard, and baseline data will be used to develop strategic initiatives at the association and campus levels in support of diversity, equity and inclusion for all persons.



  • Consistent with Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) standards, collecting baseline data will allow dental schools and allied dental programs to measure dental education’s efforts to foster a humanistic environment and gather data on the perceptions of students, faculty and staff in the areas of well-being and resiliency, diversity, inclusion and intergroup engagement.



  • For the first-time in dental education, the study will allow for campus self-evaluation through anonymous comparative and aggregated peer-to-peer data and sharing of confidential customized individual dental school and allied dental program reports.



  • The study will help campuses identify perceived gaps in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff.



  • Campuses will be able to recognize patterns and perceived disparities in student access, recruitment and retention.



  • Schools and programs will receive insights on diversity, policies and practices to aid in strategic planning and evaluation.



  • The study will increase campus knowledge of faculty and staff job satisfaction and related perceptions. 



  • Climate survey data will allow for benchmarking and comparison of future climate study data to design and monitor improvements. 

 

  • The climate study will include questions on well-being, diversity, inclusion, belonging and engagement among campus faculty, staff and students.

    Collecting baseline data will allow dental schools and allied dental programs to evaluate their strengths and identify areas for improvement to foster and sustain a more humanistic environment. Additionally, the climate study data will be used to develop new and enhanced strategic initiatives at both the ADEA association and campus levels to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in academic dentistry.

 

  • Nonprofit HR will collect and analyze all data. 

 

  • Survey: All participants will be asked to participate in an online survey. All surveys will be completed electronically. Please note the survey can be completed on a computer, tablet or phone. Surveys will be available in English, Spanish and French.

  • Focus groups: Based on survey data themes, we will conduct many focus groups across the United States and Canada. Data will be gathered to investigate findings further. All participants will remain anonymous. No self-identifying information will be provided; only themes based on session findings will be reported. 

  • All participation, both in survey format and focus groups, is entirely voluntary. Respondents can skip any questions except the first question asking if they self-identify as a student, faculty member, staff or administrator. 

 

  • Yes. Confidentiality is essential to the success of this research, mainly because sensitive and personal experiences are discussed.

    Nonprofit HR will take multiple precautionary measures to enhance individual confidentiality and the de-identification of data. We recognize that in smaller dental schools and allied dental education programs, representation within diverse communities may reflect a smaller sample size. Data will be shared in the aggregate form to respect participants’ confidentiality.

    Where sample sizes are too small to report, it will be noted in the report findings. In these instances, participant responses will be reflected in the overall findings across dental education. No personally identifiable information will be shared in the event of any publication or presentation resulting from the study findings.

 

  • Yes, it is important to collect demographic data (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc.) during this process.

    Demographic data will be used to evaluate representation at the campus level and across dental education. Demographic data will also be used to analyze trends in survey responses. We know that based on our social identities and group memberships, different groups may experience the same environment differently.

    Our goal is to understand the lived experiences and environmental perceptions. 

 

  • ADEA has partnered with Nonprofit HR to facilitate the information gathering and analysis processes. ADEA and Nonprofit HR will work closely with the ADEA Collaborative on Dental Education Climate Assessment—a team of volunteer ADEA members consisting of faculty, researchers, scholars and administrators from across dental education—to assist with developing tailored study instruments and creating survey questions.   

 

  • Data gathered will be used to develop targeted, strategic initiatives at the ADEA association and campus levels to foster a more inclusive, safe, welcoming and humanistic environment for every person, and to create key diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion programs.



  • The survey data collected will also allow for benchmarking and evaluation as we pursue future climate survey initiatives to gauge change, improvements and areas for ongoing improvement.

 

  • Being part of an inaugural baseline climate study of dental education in the United States and Canada.
  • Gaining perceptions of diversity, inclusion, safety and sense of belonging.
  • Enabling your campus to tailor intentional strategies and response efforts.
  • Demonstrating the dental school or allied dental program’s commitment to addressing campus safety and building trust among students, faculty and staff.
  • Assessing the attitudes, experiences and concerns of students, faculty and staff at your campus.
  • Understanding perceptions of campus policies and procedures.

Learn How to Register Your Campus to Participate.

 

  • Meeting CODA standards on humanistic environment and diversity and inclusion in dental education.  
  • Accessing never-available-before, anonymous and peer-to-peer comparative aggregated data specific to dental schools and allied dental education programs.  
  • Receiving individualized confidential campus reports, customized with data tables, to assist in diversity and strategic planning at the school and program levels.  
  • Using data collected to assess the environment to improve the retention and recruitment of students, faculty and staff.  
  • Developing ways to enhance learning, innovation and teaching.  
  • Increasing knowledge of your students’, faculty’s and staff’s perceptions of well-being, resiliency, equity, inclusiveness and engagement across campus and different demographic populations.  
  • Assessing satisfaction and concerns of students, faculty and staff.  
  • Recognizing patterns and perceived disparities on campus in student access, recruitment and retention.  
  • Receiving insights on diversity, policies and practices to aid in strategic planning and evaluation.  
  • Increasing campus knowledge of faculty and staff job satisfaction and related perceptions.  
  • Benchmarking and comparison of future climate study data to design and monitor improvements. 

Learn How to Register Your Campus to Participate.

 

  • Comprehensive report: A final comprehensive report will be produced that represents all participating campuses. Once published, this report will be available at adea.org/climatestudy



  • Campus reports: All participating campuses will receive a report with their individual campus findings. Individual reports will be sent to the campus liaison upon completion in late summer or early fall 2022.

    Individual dental schools and allied dental programs will only have access to their campus data and findings, and no campus data will be shared outside the aggregate form. The analysis will be completed based on peer campuses, but will not include identifiable information.



  • Students, faculty and staff will receive the climate survey via their campus email addresses and other identified secure communication portals between January and mid-February 2022 and should be on alert for messaging announcing the opening of the survey. 

 

  • The campus survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is open to ALL part-time and full-time dental school and allied dental program students, faculty and staff.

  • Focus groups will take place in spring 2022, and each session will last between one- and one-and-a-half hours.

 

  • Climate study results will be shared in late summer or early fall 2022.

 

  • All accredited dental schools and allied dental programs in the United States and Canada will be invited to participate. Each campus will invite all full-time and part-time students, faculty, staff and administrators to participate.

 

  • Yes, ADEA will offer incentives. Information about incentives will be shared with each campus as part of the campus outreach and the official survey launch. Please be on the lookout for more information regarding specific incentives that will be offered to encourage survey participation. 



  • Upon completing the survey, respondents will be offered the opportunity to submit their name and email address for a randomized incentive drawing. This information will be entered into a separate survey to ensure respondent anonymity.

    The independent survey that gathers names and emails cannot be tracked to their responses to the climate study. 

 

  • Industry-wide: To ensure a strong representation across the dental education sector, we aim to have at least 60% participation from all dental schools and allied dental education programs in the United States and Canada.

    We believe that a strong representation across campus type, geographic location, educational focus and demographic groups will accurately represent data trends that will inform robust strategic recommendations. Large sample size will also provide aggregate data needed to make comparisons based on campus type and demographic groups. 



  • Dental Schools and Allied Dental Programs: We will work closely with campus liaisons to develop a strategy to increase participation on their campuses. It will be essential for each campus to have a strong response rate within students, faculty, staff and administration to provide a statistically significant representation of their data for their individual campus reports.

    Every response matters and is valuable in providing the most beneficial and accurate feedback and results.

 

 

  • Campus liaisons will play an integral role in the execution of this climate study on their campus.

    Their responsibility will be to
    • Inform their constituents that their dental school or allied dental program will participate in this study;
    • Send the study link with instructions to constituents and participation reminders, if interested (not required);
    • Provide localized incentives to bolster participation; and
    • Share follow-up information.

  • Nonprofit HR will provide editable text that can be tailored to meet individual campus communication needs and save time.

  • ADEA will train and provide the outreach and marketing materials to campus liaisons to streamline the process to make the implementation process an easier.

 

  • As part of the campus registration process to participate in the ADEA dental education-wide climate survey, deans and allied dental program directors were asked to identify and appoint up to two campus liaisons to assist with outreach and implementation on their campuses.

    See a list of campus liaisons.

    If you are unsure about who is your campus liaison, contact climatestudy@adea.org.

 



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ADEA Climate Study
climatestudy@adea.org

Press and Media Inquiries

Kellie Bove
ADEA Senior Director of Marketing and Branding
BoveK@adea.org

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