University administrators are asking approximately 13,500 UAB faculty, staff and students to complete a Personal and Social Responsibility Institutional Inventory survey during the next three weeks.

A link to the survey was e-mailed Oct. 2 to all faculty, staff and undergraduate students in the schools of Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Mathematics, Nursing and Social & Behavioral Sciences. All Student Affairs staff and selected other staff and administrators also are asked to participate in the survey, which takes approximately 25 minutes to complete.

The survey, which is being administered as part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Core Commitments Project, ends Oct. 22. The goal is to obtain information about the perceptions of and experiences at UAB in five key dimensions: striving for excellence, cultivating personal and academic integrity, contributing to a larger community, taking seriously the perspectives of others and developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning.

“This is a climate survey,” says David Corliss, Ph.D., director of special assessment projects in the Office of Planning and Analysis. “It takes the temperature of the institution with respect to these five dimensions.

“This is a major effort,” Corliss says. “We need people to respond. The more people we have respond, the more confident we will be that the results are representative of the larger university community.”