VIEWS Instrument

The Values, Interfaith Engagement, and Worldview Survey (VIEWS) is a theoretically-based and empirically-validated assessment tool designed to assist campus leaders in creating positive climates that embrace the challenges with and realize the possibilities of supporting diverse religious and non-religious worldviews on campus. VIEWS can help your campus answer such questions as:

  • Do students perceive campus as a safe space for diverse religious and non-religious identities, beliefs, and practices?
  • What are the most positive aspects of campus climate? What areas of campus climate present challenges or opportunities for improvement?
  • How do students respond to and interact with others representing different worldviews?
  • What are students’ attitudes toward diverse worldviews? How do they perceive their own capacities to effectively engage religious diversity?

Sample questions from VIEWS:

  • Please indicate the extent to which each of the statements below accurately describes your experience with your worldview: My worldview commitment is based on integrating religious and spiritual perspectives different than my own.
  • Please indicate the extent to which each of the statements below accurately describes your perceptions or experiences while you’ve been enrolled at your college/university: This campus is a safe place for the expression of my worldview.
  • Please indicate the extent to which each of the statements below accurately describes your perceptions or experiences while you’ve been enrolled at your college/university: Mormons are accepted on this campus.
  • While you have been enrolled at your college or university, how often have you: Been mistreated on campus because of your worldview
  • Please indicate the extent to which you agree with each of the following statements: I have things in common with Muslims.
  • Regarding your interactions with people from other religious or non-religious identity groups, how often have you: Had uncomfortable conversations that moved you to examine your own prejudices
  • Please indicate the extent to which each of the statements below accurately describes your perspective: Spirituality and religion should never be discussed in the college classroom.
  • Overall, coming to college has: Helped me learn to think critically about my religious or non-religious orientation

To learn more about the VIEWS, please visit Interfaith Youth Core’s VIEWS webpage.