Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Jennifer Lamy
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Emerson College
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Sylvia Spears
Vice President for the Social Justice Center
Social Justice Center
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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:
In November 2017, the Emerson360: Community Climate Survey was sent to all full and part-time faculty and staff. In November 2014, the same survey was sent to all faculty and staff, as well as a separate survey to all undergraduate and graduate students. Emerson contracts with ModernThink, a nationally known survey provider, for Emerson360. The survey comprises 64 statements divided into 16 dimensions of campus climate Some of the statements focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. Respondents were asked to indicate degree of satisfaction on each statement using a 5-point Likert scale, from strongly agree to strongly disagree. Also, there were two open-ended questions for respondents to write comments. The Emerson360 Campus Climate Survey is managed by the Campus Climate Committee, comprising 16 faculty and staff members, reporting to Sylvia Spears, VP of the Social Justice Center, and chaired by Robert Amelio, Director of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. The committee is in the process of analyzing all of the 2017 survey data, and presenting the findings throughout the College. Division heads will be asked to share the data with all faculty and staff and develop plans highlighting steps they will take to improve low scores and enhance high scoring items.

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

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success (e.g. graduation/success and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity (e.g. pay and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs and initiatives:
In 2014, Emerson360 surveyed all students, faculty, and staff. In 2017 we surveyed faculty and staff and are in discussions about surveying students. The survey results allow for the disaggregation of data by race and gender, as well as a number of other variables.

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:
The results are presented on the Emerson College website (www.emerson.edu/emerson360). Additionally, members of the Campus Climate Committee present to the President’s Council (President, Vice Presidents, Deans), the Academic Cabinet (academic leaders), division leaders, managers, staff, and faculty. Results are also reported on by the Student Government Association, the student newspaper, the Berkley Beacon, and presented at the quarterly Staff Forum.

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:

The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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