The next seminar in the Healthy Aging Speaker Series, hosted by the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging, will present preliminary results from Colorado State University’s gap analysis of age-friendliness and inclusivity within the campus community. The event is slated for noon on May 13 via Zoom.
Members of the CSU community and the public can register here.
The gap analysis, conducted in early spring 2021, involved a campus climate survey, distributed to the entire CSU community, as well as a targeted inventory delivered to 14 different departments across campus. Both assessments asked questions about CSU’s facilities, degree programs, support services, and more to evaluate the current climate and culture of age-friendliness and inclusivity at CSU. More than 2,900 faculty, staff, students and alumni participated in the campus climate survey.
This analysis comes as part of a larger national study, “Taking the Pulse of Age-Friendliness in Higher Education in the U.S. Today,” led by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Boston. The study sought the participation of universities across the U.S. to examine how colleges and universities can better support the needs and interests of age-diverse populations.
CSU’s participation marks the first step in the University’s pursuit of “Age-Friendly University” status, an initiative being managed by the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging.
In the May 13 seminar, researchers Nina Silverstein and Celeste Beaulieu from UMass Boston will share their framework for the national AFU study and present early findings from CSU’s gap analysis. This seminar will include preliminary data only from CSU’s gap analysis; more analyses of the data will available in the final report, to be released later this year.
The webinar will be recorded for later viewing on the Center for Healthy Aging’s speaker series archive.