Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.32
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 29, 2022

STARS v2.2

Iowa State University
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Brian Vanderheyden
Director of Student Wellness
Student Wellness
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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:

A stratified random sample of ten thousand students at Iowa State University (ISU) were invited to participate in the anonymous online survey. The American College Health Association (ACHA) sent an initial email and four reminder emails during the open survey period. The survey took approximately thirty minutes to complete. One thousand thirty-five students completed the survey for a response rate of 10.35%. This report includes descriptive statistics, disaggregated (e.g. separated) by identity or student status, and reported in percentages. Students who completed the survey were entered into a drawing for ISU Dining gift cards (10 gift cards), and for every completed entry, one dollar was used to purchase food for the ISU food pantry (SHOP). The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a nationally recognized research survey that assists colleges and universities in collecting precise data about students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. The NCHA provides the largest known comprehensive data set on the health of college students, providing the college health and higher education fields with a vast spectrum of information on student health. The survey was conducted between September 27 – October 18 of 2021 at Iowa State University.

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:

During 2022, the ISU Student Health and Wellness Unit is leading a comprehensive needs assessment to build a more robust data infrastructure to better monitor and track student wellbeing and to implement sustainable strategies that will promote health and wellbeing for all. The needs assessment process includes analyzing existing quantitative data (e.g. NCHA data), collecting and analyzing qualitative data (e.g. student focus groups), and doing a review of best practices in college student wellbeing. The data and report from this needs assessment will be available in Fall 2022.

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 assessment results are posted on the Student Wellness webpage. (https://www.studentwellness.iastate.edu/campus-health-and-wellness-data/)

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 University is in the process of preparing to conduct their campus climate survey, during the 2022-2023 academic year - currently in the review stage for the Request for Proposals approval process.

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