Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Amy Spark
Submission Date April 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Bow Valley College
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

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Has the institution engaged in a structured assessment process during the previous three years to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus?:

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

The College is currently undertaking an Indigenization Strategy process, building on the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (see attached document). This Strategy is a major component of the 2017-2020 Comprehensive Institutional Plan.

This Strategy is being developed in conjunction with an internal research project entitled "Fostering good relations, developing good work together" through the School of Foundational Learning. This research project led to the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Alberta Indigenous post-secondary institutions. This work is ongoing.

Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of faculty, staff, administrators and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success (e.g. graduation/success and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity (e.g. pay and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs and initiatives:

The key findings from the 'Fostering good relations, developing good work together' research are:
a) Our research must acknowledge trauma from colonialism and present-day racism;
b) Elders are subject matter experts and must be consulted, respected, and compensated for sharing their expertise;
c) We build respectful research on trusting relationships, which takes time and results in mutual change;
d) We must respect the knowledge held by Indigenous communities and recognize that knowledge is not 'data'.

This is a big step for our college, and we are proud of the work that has already gone into this Indigenization work, while understanding we still have a long way to go before living fully in right relations.

Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

The summarized findings from the Indigenization research were shared at a Lunch and Learn presentation on Feb 6, 2018 as well as at a Research Showcase on March 21, 2018. The findings are published under a campus publication entitled "Fresh Perspectives 2018".

Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary:
The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Please note, the 'Fresh Perspectives' publication will be posted on the Bow Valley College website in the coming weeks.

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