Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.70
Liaison Tamera Jahnke
Submission Date April 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Missouri State University
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Doug Neidigh
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Management
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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:

In 2019, the University released the Missouri State University Campus and Community Climate Study Report. The Division for Diversity and Inclusion collaborated with Diversity Works, Inc., to conduct the climate study with the establishment of a steering committee of individuals from both campus and the community. The project consisted of the following:
1. Climate survey instruments for both MSU students and employees
2. Informal interviews of MSU administrators, faculty and staff
3. Community interviews and discussion groups

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:

Results are used to shape policies related to diversity climate, academic climate, institutional attractiveness, micro-aggressions, barriers to enrollment access and financial aid.

Since the release of the final report, the university has initiated efforts to address the findings and recommendations contained therein. Particular emphasis is placed on cultural consciousness/competency of faculty, staff, and administrators as a priority. Also, the 2016-2021 Long Range Plan, completed in 2016 incorporated a diversity and inclusion section as one of the six strategic goals and priorities. During the 5 years of the plan each unit of the university will develop specific goals and tactics that will operationalize the plan, direct how the university will allocate its resources, identify which individuals or groups are accountable for implementation and specify the measures by which the plan will be evaluated.

The Missouri State University 2016-2021 Long Range Plan includes a Diversity and Inclusion section that defines/emphasizes diversity, inclusion, cultural consciousness, competency, inclusive excellence and intersectionality: https://www.missouristate.edu/longrangeplan/diversity-inclusion.htm

The Annual Action Plan delineates the D & I priorities to be addressed and implemented each year: https://www.missouristate.edu/President/action-plan.htm

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:

Results were publicly posted and the University community was notified. The University administration and the CCCSP Steering Committee invited students, faculty, staff and community members to browse the study’s results and provide feedback about its content.

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:

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