Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Heather Albert-Knopp
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

College of the Atlantic
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Heather Albert-Knopp
Dean of Admission
Office of Admission
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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?:
Yes

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

In 2019-2020 the college's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Planning Task Force contracted with Dr. Lynn Hernandez to help us design and implement a campus climate survey for students, faculty, and staff. This survey was implemented, the results were analyzed and shared with the community, and were used to inform the development of a campus-wide strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Data in each survey (students, faculty, staff) were analyzed both as a whole, and separated into different identity groups including: gender, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, ability/disability, etc., in order to better assess disparities. We also conducted several focus groups, listening sessions, and community dialogues as part of assessment and plan development processes.

Additionally, in 2018-2019 our Student Persistence Working Group analyzed data on student success and outcomes for students in different demographic groups: first generation, Pell eligible, and students of color. These assessments were used to formulate the College of the Atlantic College Opportunity and Access (COA^2) program to support success among underrepresented identities.


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?:
Yes

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

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

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

The priority areas identified through the assessment are outlined in the phase one DEI strategic plan posted on our website (URL below) and include: building capacity for DEI work, widen curriculum and expand inclusive pedagogy, improve accessibility, and more.

As described, the assessments were integral steps to developing our programs of support for underrepresented students, and for developing our phase one strategic plan for diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are now in the process of developing phase two priorities around DEI, which will be incorporated into our larger institutional strategic planning process in the coming year.


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

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

The full analyzed results were shared electronically with the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) via email, and results were presented and discussed in multiple sessions of our All College Meeting. Additionally, the strategic plan developed from these assessments was presented, discussed, and revised through a participatory, All College Meeting process, and was passed unanimously by the All College Meeting in May, 2021.


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

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary (upload):
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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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