Assessment involves the systematic gathering and examination of information related to creating a safe and supportive learning environment for students. Assessing problems helps pinpoint where problems occur and the affected populations. Assessment examines the conditions that put a community at risk and identifies conditions that can protect against those risks.
Assessment helps campus task forces or working groups charged with developing a strategic plan come to a shared understanding of the nature, extent, and underlying issues affecting safety, student engagement, and the environment on campus and in the surrounding community. An assessment of the campus and community climate includes the following steps: