MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A University of Minnesota data analyst tracks the academic, civic and personal experiences of students to guide school leaders in where to direct services.
Minnesota Daily reports that Krista Soria uses the student's experience in the Research University survey to learn more about student experiences. The national survey has been administered at the university since 2010.
Soria compares the results of the university with other schools to identify academic or climate problems on campus. She also works with departments and campus programs to address problem areas.
Soria discovered from 2010 that students of color or conservative students, underrepresented first-generation, low-income, non-heterosexual and non-cisgender were struggling in campus climate.
This discovery finally led to the creation of the Campus Climate initiative, which aims to create an environment that is inclusive for all students.
Information from: The Minnesota Daily, http://www.mndaily.com/