Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.95
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Clarkson University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Susan Powers
Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of campus climate?:

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

As Clarkson continues to seek an inclusive environment for learning, living, and working, our second campus climate survey project was started in 2012 with an in-depth and externally supported effort. The project was managed by a working group of staff, faculty and students and was facilitated by the Rankin and Associates consulting firm to minimize internal bias. The first climate survey was conducted in 2007. Campus climate is defined as attitudes, behaviors, and standards of employees and students concerning the access for, inclusion of, and level of respect for individual and group needs, abilities, and potential. A positive, inclusive climate would show respect for all campus community members, regardless of individual characteristics such as gender, race, sexual orientation, major, or university position. The 2012 effort was followed by a "pulse" survey in 2015 as part of the Self-Love, Self-Respect and Diversity Week initiatives.

+ Date Revised: March 21, 2016

Has the institution assessed student diversity and educational equity?:

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

The 2012 climate survey contained 102 questions. The survey was administered in October 2012 and asked respondents to provide information about their personal experiences with regard to climate issues and work-life experiences, their perceptions of the campus climate, and their perceptions of institutional actions (e.g., administrative policies and academic initiatives regarding climate issues and concerns) on campus. Participation in the survey was voluntary. The follow up 2015 pulse survey included 10 key questions that were deemed to be most relevant based on the more comprehensive 2012 assessment. Campus community members were invited to take the survey in person at various places around campus or using an online link (Survey Monkey). The Committee on Climate and Engagement plans to administer the survey every semester and use the results to help plan strategies and events moving forward.

+ Date Revised: March 21, 2016

Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:

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

Clarkson University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees, applicants, and job seekers. No person shall be discriminated against in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, expression, national orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, parental status, ancestry, source of income, or other classes protected by law. This policy includes the commitment to maintaining a work environment free from unlawful harassment.
Participants were asked a variety of questions about perceptions of the environment at Clarkson, as well as the extent to which this environment supports everyone’s ability to learn, work, and live on campus. The survey addresses issues such as inclusiveness, friendliness, cooperation, professionalism, recognition, support, and opportunities for career advancement or academic success.

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:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.