Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.78
Liaison Daryl Pierson
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Portland State University
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Amanda Wolf
Program + Assessment Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
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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 February 2018 PSU sent out a campus-wide climate survey. The survey was voluntary and sent out to all students, faculty and staff. There were four surveys sent out specifically addressing the unique roles of the various communities. The four surveys were: Student, Staff, Faculty, and Administrators. This is the first time PSU has initiated a campus-wide climate survey. Questions addressed students' feeling welcome on campus based on identity as well as questions about discrimination, harassment and bias incidents.

In 2015, PSU began a year long strategic plan process, working with a variety of stakeholders across campus. The PSU Strategic Plan was officially adopted in 2016 and has an equity lens framework with all goals having a defined equity consideration and objective.

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:

The campus-wide climate survey just closed in the Spring 2018. The Diversity Action Council’s subcommittees for Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Faculty, Staff, and Students reviewed the data and provided key findings and recommendations, which are provided in the four reports. The reports are being used in shaping policy, programs, and initiatives. Through the PSU Strategic Planning process a committee was formed to revise the Diversity Action Plan. The new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan (DEIP) has been drafted and is currently being reviewed by administration and will be shared with the campus community for feedback.

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 report for the campus-wide climate survey was shared with campus in November 2018 via email to the entire campus community. It is also hosted on the Global Diversity and Inclusion website.

A draft of the DEIP will also be available publicly on the website and will take the place of the Diversity Action Plan Progress Report.

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:

Information provided by Julie Caron, Associate VP Global Diversity and Inclusion

Additional reports can be found here: https://www.pdx.edu/diversity/university-campus-climate-survey-reports

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