Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Slippery Rock University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Holly McCoy, JD
Assistant Vice President
Diversity and Equal Opportunity
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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) :

Yes, the university completes a campus climate survey, focusing on diversity issues. The instrument has been developed by a committee in conjunction with Dr. Sue Rankin, a researcher from Penn State University.

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 assessments conducted by third parties include the Education Trust and MONEY magazine. SRU was ranked 15th in the nation for vastly improving completion rates for underrepresented students (African-American, Latino and Native American) and decreasing the gap in completion rates between underrepresented and white students SRU's three-year average graduation rate for underrepresented populations is 48.9 percent, which is up 17.4 percent over a 10-year span covering 2003-2013. The three-year average for white students at SRU is 62.8 percent, an increase of 11.2 percent during that same time period. - See more at: http://www.sru.edu/news/120215a.

MONEY magazine also recognized SRU in 2015 as one of the 14 most improved public colleges in the U.S., citing this group of colleges for "...above-average graduation rates, have raised their graduation rates for all students by at least 10 percent since 2003, and have reduced the achievement gap disparities among races over time." - See more at: http://www.sru.edu/news/121815b.

Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:

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

Slippery Rock University performs in-depth analysis of its total employment process to determine if there are areas where minority and/or female groups may face impediments to equal opportunity. The following analyses are conducted in order to reveal any potential problem areas: placement goals, an analysis of incumbency versus availability is performed to determine whether there are problems of minority or female utilization. The only area that showed under-utilization was females in the skilled crafts. Steps are being be taken to encourage and increase the percentage of qualified females and/or minorities applying for positions both externally and internally.

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):


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