Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.58
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University at Buffalo
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Craig Abbey
Associate Vice Provost and Director of Institutional Research
Institutional Analysis Academic Planning And Budget
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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:

The Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence conducted a series of interviews and data analysis to assess campus climate while preparing the "Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan." Faculty, staff and student data was analyzed in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Analysis. A campus-wide review of diversity programs, policies, and leadership was also conducted. The next steps are conducting a campus-wide climate survey and developing an equity scorecard dashboard.


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:

Findings of the strategic plan: Success with increasing international representation, and improving the four- and six- year graduation rates for undergraduates and reducing the completion gap for URM students. Room for improvement with achieving greater diversity in faculty, staff and University leadership, increasing the diversity of countries of origin for international students, and further improving graduation and completion gaps. These findings led to six goals and 43 strategies to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion, which are included in the strategic 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:

Results shared online and shared through a press release.


Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:
Yes

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary:
The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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