Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.09
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Iowa State University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Reginald Stewart
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
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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:

Campus Climate Survey

Faculty, staff, and students provide feedback on campus climate through participation in this survey. Results from the survey help the university move strategic plan goals forward and provide a basis for developing policies and initiatives to address concerns and enhance the campus climate.

In October of 2017, a university-wide campus climate survey was conducted to provide a snapshot of ISU community members' perceptions of the living, learning and working environment at Iowa State. In May of 2018, findings from the study were presented in two public forums.

The results provide a basis for developing policies and initiatives to enhance and improve the campus climate in alignment with ISU's strategic plan and principles of community.

President Wendy Wintersteen has charged four implementation teams with moving forward on actionable information from the survey results that will address the experiences of:

- Undergraduate Students
- Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
- Faculty
- Merit and Professional & Scientific Employees

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:

A total of 7,326 people completed the 113-question Campus Climate survey -- a 17 percent response rate from all students, faculty and staff. Forty percent of staff and 33 percent of faculty participated.

The consultants identified general findings similar to other universities and colleges. Nearly 80 percent of respondents chose a positive indicator of the climate at Iowa State. The majority of faculty and staff responded with positive attitudes about their work, and a high percentage of students had favorable academic experiences.

Iowa State University's Strategic Plan (2017-22) was produced through the efforts of students, faculty, and staff during the 2015-16 academic year. Over 100 people served on the plan's steering committee and five sub-committees to develop drafts of the plan. Hundreds of community members provided input on those drafts through online feedback and in multiple community forums on campus and in the Ames community.

Those efforts resulted in the adoption of four strategic goals for our community. The importance of a positive campus climate is stated throughout the strategic plan, but is central to Goal 4, which is:

"Continue to enhance and cultivate the ISU Experience where faculty, staff, students, and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued by the university and each other."

Just as the development of the university's strategic plan was a community effort, so is the realization of our shared goals. To that end, and in reflection of the results of the 2017 Campus Climate Survey, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has organized community members and work groups to make progress in the areas mentioned in Goal 4, its subgoals, and related actions.

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:

In May of 2018, findings from the study were presented in two public forums.

The presentation slides may be viewed at:

Ongoing updates regarding Goal 4 Workgroups may be found at:

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:

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