PACE Subscales

NILIE currently has five subscales to that can be administered in conjunction with the PACE survey to provide additional information beyond the standard 46 items. One subscale can be included at no extra charge with your survey administration.  Learn more about the subscales below:

Part-Time Faculty Subscale
Racial Diversity Subscale
Institutional Structure Subscale
Campus Safety Subscale
Change Readiness Subscale


Part-Time Faculty Subscale

Part-Time Faculty Subscale Survey

Part-Time Faculty Subscale Sample Report

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Photo courtesy of Cleveland Community College

Since the inception of community colleges in the sixties the status of faculty has undergone a dramatic change. Research has found that the number of part-time faculty has increased by 86 percent since the sixties (Schuster and Finkelstein, 2006). Furthermore, research suggests that the working experiences of part-time faculty often differ from that of full-time faculty (Jaeger, A. J. & Eagan, M. K., 2009; Jaeger, A. J. & Eagan, M. K., 2011). Part-time faculty often receive less pay, feel unheard and ignored by other members of the college, and have a lack of job security.

PACE staff recognize the need to understand more about part-time faculty and has created the Part-Time Faculty Subscale to address the following research based factors that contribute to their satisfaction:

  • Job Security, Motivation and Advancement
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Training and Evaluation
  • Inclusion and Access

Jaeger, A. J. & Eagan, M. K. (2011). Examining retention and contingent faculty use in a state system of public higher education. Educational Policy, 25(3), 507-537.

Jaeger, A. J. & Eagan, M. K. (2009). Unintended consequences: Examining the effect of contingent faculty on degree completion. Community College Review, 36(3), 167-194

Schuster, J. H., and Finkelstein, M. J. (2006). The American faculty: The restructuring of academic work and careers. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Racial Diversity Subscale

Racial Diversity Subscale Survey

Racial Diversity Subscale Sample Report
Photo courtesy of Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College
Photo courtesy of Alamo Colleges – Northwest Vista College

While college campuses are more diverse than they were twenty years ago, concerns of “chilly” racial climates continue to exist and institutional leaders must remain engaged in a concerted effort to ensure that faculty, staff, administrators, and students of all races and ethnicities are comfortable on campus (Smith & Wolf-Wendel, 2006). PACE staff recognize the need to address the campus racial and ethnic climate for administrators, faculty, and staff, and provides a tool that institutional leaders can use to better understand racial and ethnic diversity on their campuses. Using Hurtado’s (1992) model as a framework, PACE staff created a Racial Diversity Subscale, which addresses various factors that influence the racial climate of a campus, including its structural make-up, psychological climate, and behavioral climate (Hurtado, Milem, Clayton-Pederson, & Allen, 1998; Umbach & Kuh, 2006).

Hurtado, S. (1992), The campus racial Climate: Contexts of conflict. Journal of Higher Education, 63(5), 539–569.

Hurtado, S., Milem, J. F., Clayton-Pedersen, A., and Allen, W. R. (1998). Enhancing campus climates for racial/ethnic diversity: Educational policy and practice. Review of Higher Education, 21(3), 279–302.

Smith, D. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2005). The challenge of diversity: Involvement or alienation in the academy? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Umbach, P. D. & Kuh, G. D. (2006). Student experiences with diversity at liberal arts colleges: Another claim for distinctiveness. The Journal of Higher Education 77(1), 169-192.


Institutional Structure Subscale

Institutional Structure Subscale Survey

Institutional Structure Subscale Sample Report

Photo courtesy of Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview College
Photo courtesy of Alamo Colleges – Northeast Lakeview College

As institutions of higher education seek to improve and meet external demands, issues specifically related to the institutional structure climate factor often create challenges. Research suggests that organizations function best when they are effectively coordinated, labor and control is appropriately divided, and structural design adapts to current circumstances (Bolman and Deal, 2008). However, PACE survey data consistently reveals that employees at institutions have relatively negative perceptions of campus climate related to these areas, which are connected to the institutional structure climate factor. The Institutional Structure report is designed to provide insight into employee perceptions of institutional structure climate, specifically related to the institution’s mission, leadership, decision-making, organization, and communication. Gaining insight into these areas is particularly helpful considering the unique structural organization found in institutions of higher education.

PACE staff recognize the need to understand more about institutional structure and provides a tool that institutional leaders can use to gain insight into climate around institutional structure at their campus. The collected data will be analyzed using a six-factor framework derived from the current institutional structure climate factor and higher education organizational structure literature. The Institutional Structure Subscale six-factor framework includes:

  • Mission
  • Leadership
  • Decision-Making and Influence
  • Policies and Structural Organization
  • Teams and Cooperation
  • Communication and Information Sharing

Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E. (2008). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership (4th ed.). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.


Campus Safety Subscale
Campus Safety Subscale Survey
Campus Safety Subscale Sample Report
PACE staff created a Campus Safety Subscale to assist campus leaders in their efforts to improve the climate on their campuses. Specifically, the instrument addresses:

  • Safety climate
  • Safety protocols
  • Safety enforcement
  • Title IX

PACE staff recognize the need to address campus safety climate for administrators, faculty, and staff, and provides a tool that institutional leaders can use to better understand their campuses. The subjective nature of perceived safety makes a climate survey not only appropriate, but also a necessary component to garner a comprehensive view of campus safety.


Change Readiness Subscale
Change Readiness Subscale Survey
Change Readiness Subscale Sample Report
A large part of the organizational change process is engaging personnel in the planning and implementation of changes. The participation of personnel across the institution in the change process has proven to yield more success in achieving desired outcomes (Bolman & Deal, 2008; Burke, 2011). This involvement not only yields more success, it also creates better engagement and commitment to the overall change. The engagement of employees as a part of understanding the change process requires investment in developing appropriate and functional channels for personnel to communicate what needs to occur for successful change (Bolman & Deal, 2008). The Change Readiness Subscale is a survey developed to allow for the direct large-scale input of organization members regarding overall organizational readiness for change. PACE staff recognize the need to understand the perceptions of employees during the change process. The subjective nature of the perception of change makes a climate survey a necessary component to garner a comprehensive view of the organization’s readiness for change and responses to enacted changes. The Change Readiness Subscale is a tool to help institutional leaders better understand their campuses in order to think about and create systemic and strategic organizational change.
To administer the Change Readiness Subscale in conjunction with your PACE report, please indicate your interest in doing so upon contacting PACE_survey@ncsu.edu.
Bolman, L. G., & Terrence, E. Deal. 2008. Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership (4th ed.). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.Burke, W. W. (2011). 
Organization change: Theory and practice (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc.