Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.63
Liaison Melissa Maigler
Submission Date July 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Stanford University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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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) :

Stanford has been conducting regular assessments of its climate vis-à-vis diversity for many years. In 2012-2013, the University completed a comprehensive formal review of all of its community centers, which are housed under the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.

With respect to faculty, in 2008, the University conducted a campus-wide survey on the Quality of Life of Stanford Faculty. The survey finds that faculty satisfaction is high and that the overall satisfaction at Stanford is similar, and in some cases higher, than at several peer private research universities. The survey also examines work climate, perceived workload, opportunities for advancement, sense of inclusion, and perceptions of opportunities for women and faculty of color, and shows improvement in these areas over time. As a follow up to the survey, an interview study with underrepresented minority faculty examines their experience of collegiality, recognition, mentoring and voice in decision-making. The first report on the findings with accompanying recommendations was released in 2013. The second report is due for release in May 2014.


Has the institution assessed student diversity and educational equity?:

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

Stanford sends out an exit survey to all graduating seniors every other year. Items in the survey specifically address diversity issues, including assessing student satisfaction with the level of diversity on campus, student participation in racial/cultural awareness programs, and the extent to which students have interacted with those of different backgrounds from themselves while at Stanford. Stanford also compiles annual reports of student (and faculty) demographic profiles as part of our Common Data Set and Stanford Facts.

Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:

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

The University compiles annual reports of employee demographic profiles, including a breakdown of the gender and race/ethnicity of all staff along with a separate breakdown of just Stanford Faculty. The ensuing conversations engage the school’s most senior leader (dean) and other officers with decision-making responsibilities related to hiring and compensation.

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):

The University compiles annual reports of faculty in leadership positions, with gender and race/ethnicity breakdowns. The Faculty Senate discussed the leadership pipeline for women at the University in Spring 2014, with goals to monitor and develop the opportunities for growing Stanford leaders, with particular attention to gender.

The website URL where information about the assessment(s) is available:

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