Early Findings from USC Culture Survey

June 6, 2024

Dear Trojans,

The spring 2024 semester was a challenging time for us and universities across the country. USC’s six Unifying Values are the roadmap that guides our behaviors and charts our path forward.

I want to thank the more than 15,000 of you who took time to participate in the USC Culture Survey in January and February. I want to share with you an early look at some of the initial takeaways. Later this summer and into the fall semester, we will host a series of university-wide and school/unit-specific sessions, where as a community we can dive deeper into the survey data.

There is much to be learned from your responses to the survey questions, which asked about the health of our institutional culture. The USC Culture Survey early findings clearly show that there are areas in which we are making progress, and areas in which we need to improve. This Culture Journey is always evolving, and I am committed to ongoing engagement and collaboration with the USC community to continue to better ourselves and embrace the work ahead. 

Your feedback is vital. I encourage you to attend the upcoming sessions, whether you took the survey or not. Every voice matters, and your involvement in our Culture Journey has a direct impact on the actions we take as an institution and the culture we build together. With all we face as a community and as a society, it is critical that we remain steadfast in being guided by our Unifying Values as we strive to fulfill our mission to enrich the human mind and spirit and make positive contributions to the world.

Fight On!

Carol L. Folt