Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.76
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Nov. 16, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Lehigh University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.63 / 1.00 Delicia Nahman
Sustainability Officer
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?:
Yes

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

Through analysis of institutional data on diversity, comparisons between graduation and retention rates for diverse groups, comparisons of student diversity to the diversity of national benchmarks.

Also, as part of an agreement with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights (OCR), The Lehigh Survey was administered to the entire Lehigh community of students and employees in the fall of 2015 and will be administered during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. The purpose of the survey is to provide a snapshot of the current state of Lehigh’s climate and also to provide insight into how Lehigh is changing. In sharing the results of the survey, the goal is to foster honest dialogue about diversity and inclusion at Lehigh and to identify strategies to improve our campus climate.


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?:
Yes

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

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity (e.g. pay and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:
No

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs and initiatives:

The Lehigh Survey was reviewed and approved by Lehigh’s Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research in July 2015. In order to ensure confidentiality, the web-based survey was administered by Lehigh’s Office of Institutional Research. Participation was encouraged by the offices of the President and the Provost, the Office of the General Counsel, Lehigh’s Council for Equity and Community (CEC), as well as several other offices and groups on campus. The survey was launched on October 12, 2015 and remained open until November 10, 2015. Three versions of the survey were
administered to accommodate slight variations in questions for each of three groups on campus: students, faculty, and staff.


Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:
Yes

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

Results are shared through Lehigh's Communications, Publications & Reports website to the entire campus community.

http://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/communications/pubsreports.html#lehighsurvey


Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:
No

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary:
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The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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