Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.51
Liaison Chris Frantsvog
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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Luther College
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Jon Christy
Director of Assessment and Institutional Research
Dean's Office
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Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of campus climate?:

A brief description of the campus climate assessment(s) :
The Your First College Survey (completed by first-year students) and College Senior Survey (completed by senior students), are administered every three years at Luther. Both surveys include questions that address the individual's opinions of and personal experiences with diversity and equity before and during their time at Luther.
Luther also administers the National Survey of Student Engagement every three years, which includes similar questions. Together these three surveys are used to create an overall assessment of diversity and equity within the student body at Luther College.
Campus climate

Annual campus climate survey completed by the Diversity Center. Summary of results Published in LDC Annual Report (copy available)

Has the institution assessed student diversity and educational equity?:

A brief description of the student diversity and educational equity assessment(s):
Student diversity and educational equity


Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:

A brief description of the employee diversity and employment equity assessment(s):
Employee diversity and employment equity

The mission of Luther College explicitly affirms the educational, social, and civic benefits of diversity: “As people of all backgrounds, we embrace diversity and challenge one another to learn in community, to discern our callings and to serve with distinction for the common good.” The college fulfills this mission, in part, by seeking a diverse staff.

Luther College views staff diversity broadly to include, among other things, men and women of different colors, races, cultures, religions, ages, intellectual traditions, and economic and social backgrounds.

These guidelines clarify the steps that Luther College endorses to support the retention and promotion of a diverse staff. Within this broader context, a significant benchmark for the success of these guidelines involves a good faith effort to increase the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of the current staff.

See Guidelines for Diversity Faculty Employment


Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of governance and public engagement?:

A brief description of the governance and public engagement assessment(s):
Governance and public engagement

Luther College Mission Statement


Mission Statement (Luther College Diversity Center)


Governance on the part of underrepresented groups and women,
306.2.4 Diversity Council
306.2. 4.1 Duties
a. Acts as the main campus voice on issues of diversity, including the status of women and other historically underrepresented groups.
b. Supports and assists the staff of the Luther Diversity Center.
c. Advises and supports campus diversity programming, training, and faculty and staff development.
d. Serves as an outreach resource to the Decorah community.
306.2. 4.2 Membership
• three faculty members as divisional representatives, appointed by the Dean in consultation with the President for staggered 3-year terms from nominees elected by the respective divisions. To be eligible, a faculty member must be full-time and tenured or tenure-eligible.
• one at-large faculty member appointed by the Dean in consultation with the President. To be eligible, the faculty member must be full-time and tenured or tenure-eligible.
• two student senators from the Board of the Luther Diversity Center Student Senate.
• Director of Student Services, Luther Diversity Center
• Executive Director of the Luther Diversity Center
• 1 support staff member, appointed by the President for a two-year term from three nominees submitted by non-exempt support staff.
• Director of Human Resources
International Student Coordinator

306.2.4.3 The Chair of the Committee is appointed by the Dean in consultation with the President and the four faculty members.

Female and Faculty Diversity on campus

Faculty data reported to ACM and the Luther College Diversity Council
(available from Terry Sparkes, Diversity Liaison

As Luther College welcomes its first woman President, the campus has shown increased numbers of women in tenured faculty positions.

Faculty of color is a lagging indicator additional steps are being taken:

Fall Faculty Days Agenda discusses Faculty Diversity

file:///C:/Users/radfsh01/Downloads/2013%20Fall%20Faculty%20Days%20Agenda%20(2).pdf August 29, 2013 (Faculty agendas on Katie site)

Statement on Diversity on all faculty position descriptions

Statement on Diversity: Luther College is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths or experiences that will contribute to this goal.

Women and Gender Equality Center. The campus also approved the re-establishment of the Women and Gender Equality Center and a vibrant Global Concerns network of groups including Luther College Feminists.

Centrality of diversity and equity in planning and mission statement

Luther College Mission Statement


College Resource Council the College Resource Council demonstrates diversity in equity and planning. The CRC is a body representative of faculty and staff that assists the administration in making resource-related decisions in the context of short and long-term priorities. The Council participates in planning the annual budget and reviewing the fiscal position and operations of the College. Members include: The President of the College, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Finance and Administrations, three tenured faculty, a representative of Academic Planning, one representative from Faculty Interests Committee, two appointed staff, and one appointed member who has a position at the college and has expertise directly related to matters of diversity.

Diversity and equity in public engagement efforts

In addition to the support of the Black History Symposium by the Center for Ethics and Public Life, the Diversity Council partners with Campus Programming to bring select diverse cultural groups as part of the campus Center Stage Series. The campus is heavily invested in the Decorah Human Rights Commission as well.

The mission of DHRC is to increase community awareness and appreciation of human diversity through educational programs, to investigate alleged claims of discriminatory practices and to provide appropriate remedies where discrimination has been found to exist.

At least one or two of the seven-member Commission is affiliated with the college.

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