Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.54
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2020

STARS v2.2

Elon University
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.88 / 1.00 Leigh-Anne Royster
Director, Assistant Professor
Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence
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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:

Elon uses a number of surveys to assess and improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus. They include the Diverse Learning Environments (DLE), the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For, Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) faculty, the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and CIRP. In addition, the university employs outside consultants to meet with groups across campus to share their experiences and offer avenues for improvement. Task forces have also been formed to focus on Title IX, Hispanic/Latino communities, Black/African American communities, multifaith and LGBTQIA. All task forces have been switched to implementation teams and are being taken up by the new President’s Advisory Council on Inclusive Excellence.

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 results of surveys are disaggregated by demographics, including race and ethnicity, gender, first generation, nationality, sexual orientation, disabilities and religion.
Elon disaggregates retention, graduation, graduate school and job placement data to assess trends and address outcome disparities between groups.
Elon does an annual pay equity analysis for faculty positions.
There are employee resource groups for underrepresented groups (e.g., LGBTQIA, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Women) who conduct surveys and focus groups of their members and share in annual meetings with administrators.
Elon formed the Center for Access and Success and the Gender and LGBTQIA Centers from campus climate data and conversations with students. Positions have been added to these centers and the Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence created to serve the whole campus, but with a focus on training and education for faculty and staff.
The university has a mentoring program for first-year students from high financial need backgrounds who are first generation. Elon’s Deliberative Dialogue and Intergroup Dialogue programs help students better talk about important but divisive issues. The number and variety of programs focused on gender, race and LGBTQIA have increased based on the number of reports from our bias response system. This past year the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Office of Inclusive Community Development partnered with an outside consultant in an executive internship opportunity to map diversity and inclusion activities. A report was submitted to the President detailing the process, context, findings and recommendations focused on professional development for diversity and inclusion, as well as wider implications for institutional culture. This report is informing current efforts in concert with the new strategic plan.

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:

Most of the assessment results are available online and shared in public forums and with the diversity and inclusion committees/groups listed.

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 results (or a summary of the results) are not publicly posted for all assessments; however, many result summaries are available online at the below URL (currently under revision).

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