Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.28
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Northridge
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Susan Hua
Director of Equity and Diversity
Equity and Diversity
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Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of campus climate?:

A brief description of the campus climate assessment(s) :

In the Spring 2011 semester, CSUN conducted a survey which addressed diversity and equity in terms of the similarities and differences in faculty and staff perceptions of campus climate at CSUN. The study assessed perceptions of campus climate as compared by racial/ethnic minorities and academic colleges. The results, released in 2012, indicated that overall the campus climate for various racial and ethnic groups was generally viewed as respectful; however, compared to majority counterparts, respondents rated the climate less respectful for four groups: (1) Latina(o)/Hispanics; (2) African/African American/Blacks; (3) Middle Eastern persons; and (4) American Indians. The results were used to develop strategies to improve the climate for CSUN faculty and staff, such as providing diversity and equity training to search and tenure committees.


In the Spring 2015 semester, CSUN conducted a student climate survey to better assess the campus climate surrounding issues of sexual violence, including information on CSUN’s efforts to prevent sexual violence and to ensure support for victims/survivors. The results were presented in late 2015. The survey revealed that CSUN students overall consider themselves valued, happy and safe, though they had much less exposure to information on sexual violence than is needed. The results will be used to implement future programs aimed at increasing exposure to campus resources and to provide better communication of sexual violence issues on campus.


In December 2015, CSUN distributed its campus climate survey on diversity and inclusion for students, faculty, staff and administrators at CSUN. Responses to this campus climate survey are currently being assessed and analyzed by CSUN.

Has the institution assessed student diversity and educational equity?:

A brief description of the student diversity and educational equity assessment(s):

The Office of Institutional Research maintains data regarding the key characteristics of CSUN’s students, faculty members and course sections. Specifically, the data includes the racial and ethnic background of enrolled students, as well as the undergraduate and retention rates broken down by ethnicity and gender.


Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:

A brief description of the employee diversity and employment equity assessment(s):

CSUN conducted campus climate surveys in the Spring 2011 semester and in December 2015 to assess diversity and employment equity issues. Furthermore, CSUN’s Office of Institutional Research maintains data regarding the key characteristics of faculty members by racial and ethnic background. In July 2015, the Office of Human Resources also released employee demographic data for its full-time and part-time employees with respect to gender, race/ethnicity and age.


Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of governance and public engagement?:

A brief description of the governance and public engagement assessment(s):

The website URL where information about the assessment(s) is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.