Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.13
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Nov. 7, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colorado State University
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

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Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tonie Miyamoto
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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:

Every three years Colorado State University conducts a comprehensive Employee Climate Survey that is administered to all faculty and staff members, both on campus and off. The EAB Student Campus Climate Survey is administered to a representative sample of students with over-sampling for underrepresented students.

The faculty and staff survey is administered by CSU’s office of Inclusive Excellence and Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness using Qualtrics. The survey tracks a comprehensive set of issues related to workplace satisfaction, equity, and work life balance as well as diversity and inclusion topics such as discrimination and harassment experiences, accessibility, and training and interactions on campus around diversity and inclusion.

The student survey is administered through EAB and addresses important issues such as sexual assault, campus response to bias incidents, campus accessibility, student perceptions and interactions about diversity and inclusion, and student learning on these topics. This is a national survey that gives CSU the ability to benchmark against other institutions.

Results of the surveys are widely shared with the campus community in the form of presentations, reviewed by campus leadership to set strategic goals and objectives, and posted publicly.

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 2021 employee survey found that about three-quarters of employees agreed that their department or unit understands the value of diversity and promotes respect for cultural differences. About half of employees had a strong sense of belonging to the university or to their division or college, though sense of belonging was strongest within the department or unit. Employees who identified as trans or nonbinary tended to rate aspects of Work Culture lower than the overall university average.

In comparing to the 2018 survey, declines in ratings were seen across all subgroups including employee type, gender, and racially minorities status, though tended to be slightly smaller in magnitude among faculty, state classified and women employees.

Customized data results and presentations help units better understand where they can improve. There is also a Campus Climate Committee that meets regularly to address key findings, discuss needs of employees and the university as a whole, and to track the processes of recommendations made for university improvements.

Findings from previous surveys have resulted in CSU expanding diversity and inclusion training; addressing the issue of bullying, which led to a formal policy in 2015; and implementing mandatory supervisor training.

The 2020 Student Climate Survey found that mental health, not feeling welcomed or supported, lack of close relationships, financial struggles, and a desire to transfer impacted 24% of respondents who were considering leaving the institution. Black respondents were less likely than other respondents to report positive perceptions of and experiences with diversity and inclusion on campus. Eighty-eight percent of first year students reported receiving sexual violence prevention training.

The data from this survey is used to inform campus services and programs, update outreach initiatives and student training modules, and implement new initiatives for DEI, sexual violence prevention, and general sense of belonging on campus.

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:

Survey results for the faculty and staff Employee Climate Survey are posted publicly on the Office of Inclusive Excellence website, a series of presentations are conducted by Inclusive Excellence staff to discuss the results, and multiple committees including Faculty Council, State Classified Personnel Council, and the Campus Climate Committee use the results to set goals and objectives, including strategic plan initiatives for the University.

Survey results for the EAB Student Campus Climate survey are publicly posted on the Division of Student Affairs website and presentations are shared with a number of groups on campus to share the results and use the data to shape policy and practice. The Vice President for Student Affairs Council, Student Diversity Programs and Services Offices, and multiple other committees on campus use the results to set goals and objectives, including strategic planning initiatives.

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:

The Student Campus Climate Survey results can be found at https://studentaffairs.colostate.edu/resource/assessment/#DSAReports

In addition to the Campus Climate Survey, multiple other assessments and reports are generated on campus including equity pay studies, accessibility reviews, and in-depth analysis for specific underrepresented groups.

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