Commissioned by the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin, the 2017-18 Graduate Climate Study seeks to better understand the attitudes, opinions and experiences of students enrolled in both academic and professional master’s and doctoral programs. Ultimately, the data will help inform future decisions about how the Graduate School allocates resources to have the greatest impact on the graduate community and promote a productive, positive and equitable climate.
The study was conducted online in the fall of 2017 by Hanover Research, six years after the first Graduate Climate Study in 2011. Results presented here were analyzed by the university’s Institutional Reporting, Research and Information Systems (IRRIS) office during the fall of 2018. Results represent 1,622 respondents who primarily identified as current UT graduate students when completing the survey in 2017. The survey was sent to 10,616 respondents, thus representing a 15 percent response rate. Results are organized around 11 survey themes. Highlights of the study are organized around the survey themes below. Click on the link for each survey theme to see the data.