Questions and Customizations

Climate Factors

The PACE Survey asks respondents to evaluate their institution on four climate factors — institutional structure, supervisory relationships, teamwork, and student focus.

Questions Sets

The PACE Climate Survey currently has five optional question sets that can be administered in conjunction as part of your PACE survey to provide additional information beyond the standard 46 items.

Customizations and Comparisons

You can include up to 20 custom questions and 3 custom demographics of your own design. Additionally, you can select 3 comparison groups for your final reports

PACE Climate Factors

Institutional Structure

Mission, leadership, structural organization, decision-making, and internal communication—and the extent to which each are perceived positively by employees.

Sample Questions:

  • The extent to which the actions of this institution reflect its mission
  • The extent to which open and ethical communication is practiced at this institution
  • The extent to which I have the opportunity for advancement within this institution

Teamwork

Spirit of cooperation amongst work teams and the extent to which teams and departments are coordinated effectively.

Sample Questions:

  • The extent to which there is a spirit of cooperation within my work team
  • The extent to which my work team provides an environment for free and open expression of ideas, opinions and beliefs
  • The extent to which my work team coordinates its efforts with appropriate individuals and teams

Supervisory Relationships

Relationships between employees and supervisors—and the extent to which employees are able to be creative and express ideas.

Sample Questions:

  • The extent to which my supervisor/chair is open to the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of everyone
  • The extent to which positive work expectations are communicated to me
  • The extent to which I am given the opportunity to be creative in my work

Student Focus

Centrality of students to the actions of the institution and—the extent to which the institution prepares students for their future endeavors.

Sample Questions:

  • The extent to which student needs are central to what we do
  • The extent to which this institution prepares students for a career
  • The extent to which this institution prepares students for further learning

Question Sets

In Depth Institutional Structure

A more in-depth exploration of mission, leadership, structural organization, decision-making, and internal communication—and the extent to which each are perceived positively by employees.

Sample Questions:

  • Employees in this institution share a common definition of its mission
  • Leaders of this institution effectively address crises

Change Readiness

The capacity, leadership, and culture required for change—and the extent to which employees are engaged in the change process.

Sample Questions:

  • Change occurs at our institution with well defined plans
  • Change efforts are supported with appropriate resources to carry out the change

Racial Diversity*

Differences in how individual’s experience campus based on their race and ethnicity—and the extent to which the institution is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

Sample Questions:

  • My institution is accepting of people of different racial/ethnic backgrounds
  • My institution advances the educational persistence of students from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds

*During the 2021-2022 Academic Year:

As part of the Belk Center’s Commitment to Equity, we want to help campuses in promoting and developing racial equity efforts. Here are two steps we are taking to assist in these efforts:

  • There will be two open ended questions on the topic of racial equity added to all surveys. All responses will be delivered in a raw qualitative report, with comments edited to ensure respondent confidentiality.
  • We are offering the option to include the Racial Diversity Question Set as a second question set for no additional cost. Please let us know at pace_survey@ncsu.edu if you would like to add the Racial Diversity question set to your survey.

Part-Time Faculty

Job security, advancement, compensation, training, and inclusion of part-time faculty—and the extent to which each contributes to their satisfaction.

Sample Questions:

  • My part-time position provides necessary income for me
  • My participation in meetings (e.g. department, unit, college-wide) is valued

Student Success

Assessment of learning, completion, and workforce preparation—and the extent to which each supports equitable outcomes beyond graduation.

Sample Questions:

  • The extent to which this institution disaggregates its data to show how programs serve different groups of students
  • The extent to which there is a systematic process for identifying at-risk students and reaching out with appropriate interventions

Customizations and Comparisons

Custom Questions and Custom Demographics

You are able to include up to 20 custom questions that can be created by your institution or can come from our custom question bank. Additinoally, you can include up to 3 custom demographic items. The following are the 8 demographic items included standard on the PACE Survey:

  1. What is your personnel classification?
  2. Please select the race/ethnicity that best describes you:
  3. Your status at this institution is:
  4. What is the highest level of education you have earned?
  5. What is your gender identity?
  6. How many years have you worked at this institution?
  7. How many years have you worked in higher education?
  8. You were born in _ (e.g., 1992).

Comparison Groups

Every institution that participates in PACE receives comparison data in three categories of its choosing. When a comparison group is selected, your institution is compared to all other institutions in the PACE normbase that share your institution’s classification along that dimension. For example,  if you select size as a comparison group, if your institution is categorized as a medium institution, it will be compared to all medium institutions in the PACE normbase.

Clients are able to select three of the following categories:

  • PACE Normbase
    • All institutions in the PACE database between the 2015-16 and 2020-21 survey administration years.
  • Previous Administration
    • Previous administration data must be from a year in our current normbase (2015/16  – 2020/21).
  • Census Region
    • The Region comparison group compares your institution to other institutions in your census region. The five census regions are: Northeast, Midwest, South, West, and Canada.
  • Size
    • The Size comparison group is derived from the total number of students enrolled for credit (IPEDs). The five size categories are: Very Small (Under 1,000 students enrolled), Small (1,000 – 4,999 students enrolled), Medium (5,000 – 9,999 students enrolled), Large (10,000 – 19,999 students enrolled), and Very Large (20,000 or more students enrolled).
  • Locale
    • The Locale comparison group is a compressed version of the IPEDs Degree of Urbanization variable. The five compressed categories are: City, Suburb, Town, or Rural.
  • Degree Type
    • This comparison is a compressed version of Carnegie Classification basic classification description. The five compressed categories are: High Transfer, Mixed Transfer, High Career, Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges, and Baccalaureate and Higher.
  • Division
    • The Division comparison group compares your institution to other institutions in your census division. The nine census divisions are: New England, Middle Atlantic, East North Central, West North Central, South Atlantic, East South Central, West South Central, Mountain, and Pacific.