Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 30.79
Liaison Peter Schulze
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Austin College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.58 / 3.00 Kelby Archer
Coordinator
Center for Environmental Studies
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

"Austin College affirms the importance of a program that does not discriminate with regard to religion or creed, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, physical disability, age, or economic status." Found here: https://bulletin.austincollege.edu/general-information/


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):
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Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

For the past two years our entering freshman class has been majority minority students. Part of this growth has been a product of our formalized partnerships with select charter high schools across Texas that support the mission of minority and first generation students pursing higher education. We currently hold five partnership agreements that includes over 40 high schools in the state of Texas. We select up to 28 students each year from our partner high schools and designate them as scholars, which provides them the benefit of having full need met for them to be able to attend Austin College. We also work with our partner high schools to facilitate college presentations to inform students of their options and work with them through the admission and financial aid process.


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Our Academic Skills Center has specific programs in place to assist students with disabilities. Special accommodations (including test accommodations) can be made, and students with disabilities receive notices to give to their instructors. More information can be found here: http://www.austincollege.edu/campus-life/academic-skills-center/access-services/


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
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Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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