Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.07
Liaison Linsey Edmunds
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Keene State College
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Julia Yates
Sustainability Associate
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment conducts a "Campus Climate" survey every three years, the most recent survey was completed in 2017. In conjunction with common best practice information, the results of this survey help to inform policy, programs, and initiatives. In addition, Keene State engaged the campus community in discussions and deliberations to develop "College-wide Learning Outcomes," which include a commitment to Intercultural Competence. (http://www.keene.edu/academics/liberal-arts/outcomes/).

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:

Key finding from the 2017 Climate Survey showed that the large majority of students and employees felt welcome, safe, and supported at Keene State. In 2017, there were no statistically significant differences between white students and students of color on responses to any of the Climate Survey’s objective questions. However, fewer employees of color reported an experience of feeling welcome or supported compared to their white colleagues. There were also gaps in experience related to gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities. The findings and methods of the Campus Climate Survey can be found through the Office of Institutional Research. (http://www.keene.edu/office/ir/)
The Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism engaged in a strategic planning process by "using data from the Keene State College campus climate survey and research associated with “best academic practices”, plans such as the Strategic Plan of Inclusive Excellence and Student Success at Keene State College have been established with the three priorities in mind. These data driven plans will provide a systematic way to evaluate effectiveness (ongoing assessment), identify areas for improvement and to make changes when necessary." A draft plan was circulated to faculty and staff for review and comment.

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 findings were presented at meetings across campus and the summary presentation was posted on a shared drive offering access to faculty and staff. The student newspaper, the Equinox, also posts articles on various aspects of the findings. The results of the 2017 climate Survey are available on the Keene State College website.

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:

Julia Yates, Sustainability Associate, compiled information for this section's responses after consultation with Dottie Morris, Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity.

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