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4A Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Students report on FRC&apos;s :arnpus climate MOna Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com Students at Feather River College overwhelmingly feel safe, included and fairly treat- ed, according to a recent cam- pus study. Students in Dr. Katie Desmond's Political Science 140 class, Multiethnic Ameri- ca, polled the FRC community about the campus climate this fall for the second time. Desmond's 2009 class conduct- ed the initial survey. Desmond assigned the sur- vey as a student project to re- inforce course learning out- comes, including critical ex- amination of the relationship of power and ethno-racial poli- tics in the United States and application of theoretical per. spectives to analyze ethnic re- lations. She also said FRC is one of the few community col- leges to conduct such a survey. In an email, Desm'ond ex- plained the importance of survey research in social sci- ence methodology, which she identified as a key skill for students. In fact, one student got a job helping on a nationwide survey to assess regional child care needs and credited the FRC political science class survey with getting her the job. Eighteen students from the class divided into five teams, led by project managers An- drew Reed, Jacquie Davis and Julie Rees. The report's intro- duction cites the survey as a mechanism to evaluate FRC's progress toward meeting its strategic goals and mission. The 2011 report's executive summary defines campus cli- mate as "the general atmos- phere of the campus as a unique society; degree to which members.., feel includ- ed, personally safe, listened . # . # #gg 2 # # g g I Source: "Campus Climate Report 2011, to, valued and treated fairly with respect and without dis- crimination." In 2009, when students last conducted the survey, 279 out of 1,743 administrators, facul- ty and students responded (16 percent). In 2011, 270 of 1,590 responded (17 percent). Desmond's students asked members of the campus community for their opin- ions on how comfortable they are at FRC, as well as how comfortable they think other constituentgroups are on campus. 2011 findings Highlights in the opening Executive Summary includ- ed: --Eighty-nine percent of re- spondents were comfortable on campus. Winter Paint Specials Book interior & exteriorlobs NOIILOcK in the lowest prices! Interio Paint before 4/30/12 Exterior:, Book now for 2012 Book befo 12/31111 and mcMve a dlnner for 2 Free estimates 20Year s experience CA Uc. #759277. Bonded and Insured 836-1339 BoB RAYMOND ] 7AINTING Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Locatlou and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: RO. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Mon. through Fd., 8 a.m. to 5p.m. How to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. E-Mail mail@ plumasnews.com Web Page http://www.plumasnaws.com Ownership and Heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin, May 16, 1892) subse- quently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892-1945) on June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. 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Manager I l l Sandy Condon Human Resources Oir., Office Manager S ubsorip#on Order From Feather River Bullotin P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subscripUon f0r__ years. Eleaed find my h0ck 1 $ I I I I I lib i I [11. County S2e pe yea [10.t of Stm S44 per year [j In Caiif0rnla S37 per year. Adells I I  " 6 I --- l m l l l l i l l JI "Political Science 140, Feather River College, Fall 2011 --More than 90 percent of minority and white respon- dents reported no "experience with discrimination on cam- pus." --Sixty-one percent of stu- dent respondents reported that students are treated equally, but comments revealed "a per- ception of inequity in terms f favorable treatment toward student-athletes." In addition, the 2011 report reviewed the college's progress toward the 2009 re- port's recommendations, find- ing improvement in students' program awareness, but little progress toward mote diversi- ty-themed classes in general education. The survey asked respon- dents to identify various pop- ulations of the campus-com- munity that they perceived to be comfortable on campus (see the sidebar on perceived comfort). Respondents were also asked to identify those cam- pus populations they thought experienced discomfort on campus. The report divides respondents between faculty, staff and administrators as a group and students. Both questions indicated perceptions that gay, bisexu- al, lesbian and transgender members of the FRC commu- nity experienced the least comfort and most discomfort of any constituent group. In nearly every category (see sidebar on perceived dis- comfort) faculty, staff and ad- ministrators perceived more discomfort among segments of the campus community than students did, sometimes by quite large margins. For example, the faculty group reported perception of nearly three times the dis- comfort levels students per- ceived for blacks or African- Americans at FRC (17 percent to 6 percent). However, 16 percent of stu- dents perceived students over the age of 30 to be uncomfort- able, compared to the faculty group's 14 percent. In contrast, the sidebar on discrimination and harass- ment indicates very little ex- perience or incidence of dis- crimination or harassment. Race, gender, age, disability and appearance were the factors most noted in in- stances of discrimination or harassment. The report's authors note: "These results show that again appearance is the most notable area of discrimina- tion and harassment experi- ences, and this is joined by the variable of sex. Women were the majority of respon- dents who indicated some de- gree of discrimination or ha- rassment by sex." The report concludes with three recommendations to FRC administrators and trustees: --Conduct a campus cli- mate survey biennially at least under the auspices of In- stitutional Research and Plan- ning. --Improve publicity of cam- pus programs, services and resources. --Strengthen the institu- tion's commitment to diversity. The 2011 report coincides with the college's accredita- tion self-study. The self-study report is a critical part of this Martin L. Sanford, DC Chiropractor Aches, Pains, Headaches or a Hitch in your Giddy-up? Want to get rid of it? Sanford Chiropractic is offering 50% off your initial visit for the month of January Find us at the corner of Commercial & Gulling in Portola 530-832-,42 Kirk Lambed "Ask me about the AARP Auto Insurance Program from The Hartford." Now available in your areal Lambed & Lambed Insurance This auto insurance is designed exclusively for AARP members - and is now available through your local Haord independent agent! 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Often/ sometimes Never Race or ethnicity 6% 5% 89% Sex 6% 10% 84% Sexual orientation 3% 3% 94% Disability/ability 6% 4% 90% Age 6% 8% 86% Religious preference 5% 5% 90% Veteran status 3% 4% 92% Appearance 6% 9% 85% Country of origin 0% 4% 96% Language/accent 1% Financial standing 4% 6% 4% Source: "Campus Climate Report 2011, "Political Science 146 Feather River College, Fall 2011 95% 90% DAVID J. HEASLETT aUMIA AImOOm [] OraeagloAuoclatos.com One day at a time - this is enough. Do not look" back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in ,the present, and make it .so beautiful it will be worth remembering. Happiness is a journey. Happy New Year...The Journey begins Now! LeahWest GRAEAGLE ASSOCIATES, Realtors@ 530.836.1234 www.GraeagleAssociates.com