Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.42
Liaison Darcy Everett
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

College of Charleston
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 P Brian Fisher
CSO/Executive Director
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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 Office of Institutional Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer utilize survey results and feedback from campus constituents to report to the President's Diversity Review Committee. This committee consists of seven voting members and three non-voting members. These members issue reports and recommendations related to diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2019, a campus-wide workplace and campus culture survey was distributed, and results are anticipated in 2020.

Additionally, the Office of Institutional Research cultivates a campus-wide Diversity Scorecard. This scorecard aims to: recruit, retain and graduate greater numbers of qualified minority, first generation and international students; recruit and retain greater numbers of women and minorities into faculty, staff and administrative positions (including deans, chairs and vice presidents); create a supportive environment that is diverse, inclusive and welcoming to all; infuse diversity into the curriculum; collect and organize data to create data bases in order to systematically and effectively assess programs and align or re-align programs to achieve diversity goals; develop a financial plan for funding diversity initiatives in the diversity strategic plan; and, produce and disseminate an annual report on the status of diversity at the College.

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

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity?:

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

The Diversity Scorecard identifies seven separate goals to advance diversity and equity at the College of Charleston, and campus leaders track and share progress toward these goals routinely with support from the Office of Institutional Research.

Strategies to achieve each goal are outlined in a list of separate tactics, and these tactics are prioritized. A three-stepped scale is applied to each tactic to assess progress. The President's Diversity Review Committee regularly review the institution's progress and support policies and programs that will enable the university community to achieve these goals.

The committee's first set of recommendations, made in 2016, totaled 30 and spanned the following categories: organizational structure and management; accountability; affordability and accessibility; recruitment; and, inclusivity. You can read the full report of recommendations at http://diversity.cofc.edu/drc-committee/DR%20FirstSetofRecommendations%205-31-20161.pdf.

In response, the Office of Institutional Diversity implemented several policies, programs and initiatives to address each category. You can read its full report in response and update on key diversity and equity goals at http://diversity.cofc.edu/drc-committee/OIDDRCreport.pdf.

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:

Assessment results are shared on College webpages, including the homepage of the Office of Institutional Diversity and in email communications from the university's President.

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 (upload):

Website URL where the diversity and equity assessment report or summary is publicly posted:
Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity assessment efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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