Survey of Climate for Instructional Improvement (SCII)

Developed by Emily M. Walter, Andrea L. Beach, Charles Henderson, Cody T. Williams, and Ivan Ceballos-Madrigal

Purpose To measure the degree to which a department supports the use of reform-based instructional strategies.
Format Multiple-choice, Agree/disagree, Short answer
Duration 15 min
Focus Teaching (leadership and collaboration, resources, collegiality, organizational support)
Level Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college

Example questions from the SCII:

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Gold Star Validation
This is the highest level of research validation, corresponding to all seven of the validation categories below.

Research Validation Summary

Based on Research Into:

  • Student thinking

Studied Using:

  • Student interviews
  • Expert review
  • Appropriate statistical analysis

Research Conducted:

  • At multiple institutions
  • By multiple research groups
  • Peer-reviewed publication

The SCII was extensively research validated through review of the literature, drawing from existing instruments, pilot testing at two institutions, and review by an expert panel. The final instrument was administered at 6 different institutions with the items being validated through exploratory factor analysis, reliability measures, and iteration of the instrument based on the results. 


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Typical Results

Mean climate factor scores on the SCII for six institutions, with significant differences among institutions noted within each factor (p< .05), from Walter et al. 2021:

The latest version of the SCII, released in 2021, is Version 2. Version 1 is published in Walter et al. 2014.