Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.15
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2023

STARS v2.2

University at Albany
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sam Caldwell
Chief Diversity Officer/Associate VP
Diversity and Inclusion
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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:
The University at Albany conducts a campus-wide Climate Survey on a biannual basis to all students faculty and staff. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, along with the Office of Institutional Research, collaborate on developing and implementing the survey to the campus community. The survey collects information on respondent demographics, climate, student incidents, and student views on their academic departments. The survey assesses the following areas within the climate category: Institutional commitment to diversity, satisfaction wit h campus diversity, pluralistic orientation, social action engagement, value on social action, past cross-group interactions, positive cross-racial interactions, diversity activities participation, discrimination experience type, harassment experience, microaggression, and sense of belonging. One the data is compiled, the results are provided to the campus community. In addition to the climate survey, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Office of Institutional Research track several other benchmarks, including the diversity of applicant pool for job postings, student graduation rates and retention, and bias incidents reported to the university.

A total of 816 undergraduate students responded to the survey for a response rate of roughly 12.3%. In addition to the undergraduate students, 575 graduate students participated in the survey for a response rate of roughly 20.3%. The overall response rate for the survey was 14.7%.

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 survey captured valid responses from 1,146 undergraduate students, 497 graduate students, and 586 UAlbany faculty and staff, with a response rate of 9%, 11%, and 17%, respectively. The executive Council reviews the survey results prior to the release and creates an executive summary of the results. The full survey results, along with the executive summary are then released to publicly to the campus community. The link to the survey results are shared via email, and the results may be filtered by school or college, as well as by several other characteristics. In addition toe the executive council and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion using the results to inform future programs, the campus Climate Committees review and use the data for planning within their respective units.

Separate from the climate survey, the Office of Diversity and inclusion completes an affirmative action plan annually for the University at Albany, and closely tracks faculty hiring and retention rates, including for underrepresented minorities.

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 results of the climate survey are shared via a public link with the campus community. An email is sent to all faculty, staff, and students with a link to the survey results. The results are also shared and discussed with the University’s executive committee and each school/college Climate Committee. Additional metrics are available to faculty and staff through the University’s business intelligence digital platform.

In addition, hiring targets identified in the affirmative action plan are shared with the deans of each school/college and with various search committees during the hiring process.

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:
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