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How are responses to negatively worded questions displayed, where “agree” means students are having a negative experience? (e.g. “Sometimes I feel like I don’t belong.”)

Reports focus on the percent of students who reported positive experiences with a particular condition. If a question is worded such that agreement implies a negative experience, then the responses to that question are reverse coded. I.e., students must “Disagree” or “Strongly Disagree” with the negatively worded question in order for their experience to be considered positive. 

For example, consider the statement “People here would be surprised if I, or someone like me, did well in this class.” Agreement with that statement would imply that a student is not experiencing identity safety. Therefore, a student would have to respond “Disagree” or “Strongly Disagree” in order for their response to be considered positive. 

In this way, we ensure that higher numbers are always “good” across all report metrics. All questions are asked on 6-points scales with the options: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Somewhat Disagree, Somewhat Agree, Agree, and Strongly Agree.

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