Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.44
Liaison Rachel Kornhauser
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Oneonta
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
0.88 / 1.00 Rachel Kornhauser
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

During the fall 2015 semester, our campus completed a Confidential Assessment of the Environment for Learning, Living, and Working to help us understand the current climate at SUNY Oneonta. It was called the Campus Climate Survey.survey contained 99 items (19 qualitative and 80 quantitative) and was available via a secure online portal from October 01, 2015 through October 27, 2015. Confidential paper surveys were available to those individuals who did not have access to an Internet-connected computer or who preferred a paper survey. The conceptual model used as the foundation for SUNY Oneonta’s assessment of campus climate was developed by Smith et al. (1997) and modified by Rankin (2003).


Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of faculty, staff, administrators and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success (e.g. graduation/success and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:
Yes

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity (e.g. pay and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:
Yes

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs and initiatives:

There were high levels of comfort with the overall climate and department/work unit climate at SUNY Oneonta. The majority of Faculty and Student respondents were comfortable with their classroom climate. The majority of student respondents expressed positive attitudes about their academic experiences at SUNY Oneonta. The majority of employee respondents expressed positive attitudes about work- life issues at SUNY Oneonta. 27% had observed exclusionary conduct within the last year at SUNY Oneonta. 18% (n = 320) had personally experienced exclusionary conduct within the last year at SUNY Oneonta. After this surgery was analyzed serval The Access to College Excellence (ACE) Program was put into place. This included increasing the enrollment of financially disadvantaged, first-generation students beginning in the fall 2016 semester; and The Office of Special Programs, which administers the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), will oversee ACE, recruiting up to 75 students and supporting them with specialized programming, such as a pre-freshman summer bridge experience. Also the Pre-doctorate Diversity Fellows program was revised to include post doctorates and provide departments with the opportunity to recommend successful fellows the chance to be promoted into open funded tenure track or lecturer positions if available without a search. The Bias Act Response Team was improved by adding a higher level of administrative response to bias acts if needed. A Strategic Diversity and Inclusion planning group was formed after this survey to begin building the SUNY Oneonta Diversity and Inclusion plan.


Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:
Yes

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

Town Hall style sessions were held to report on the Campus Climate Survey results. Also, sessions were held to create the Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan with all campus stakeholder communities. The final results presentation, as well as the complete final report are also available to be viewed on the President's Council of Diversity website by anyone with a SUNY Oneonta login.


Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:
No

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary:
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The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
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