Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.07
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Merced
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Jody Gonzalez
EEO/AA Analyst
EEO/AA Office/Title IX
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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) :

In 2012, the UC Office of the President commissioned a systemwide campus climate study. The purpose of the survey was to gather a wide variety of data related to institutional climate, inclusion, and work-life issues so that the University is better informed about the living and working environments of students, faculty, staff, post-doctoral scholars, and trainees. The study was one part of UC’s ongoing efforts to foster a healthy and inclusive environment for all members of the University community.

UC Merced Final Climate Survey Report: http://chancellor.ucmerced.edu/sites/chancellor.ucmerced.edu/files/page/documents/uc_merced_final_report_-_march_2014.pdf

UC Merced Statement on Campus Climate Initiatives and Activities: http://chancellor.ucmerced.edu/sites/chancellor.ucmerced.edu/files/page/documents/campus_action_plans_ucm_only_031714.pdf

Has the institution assessed student diversity and educational equity?:

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

Campus climate, diversity and equity questions are included in the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) and are analyzed at the campus level. Topics of questions include: respect regardless of social class, gender, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and disabilities. The survey is conducted every even numbered year with all undergraduates on campus. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/studentsurvey/

A similar study was performed for Graduate Students at UC Merced in 2014. Results can be found at: http://irds.ucmerced.edu/docs/survey/Graduate%20Student%20Survey%20Page/2014%20Graduate%20Student%20Survey%20final%20report.pdf

Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:

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

Annual workforce analysis as part of the campus-wide Affirmative Action Plan (AAP). The AAP is utilized in employee recruitment and outreach efforts.

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

In October 2015, UC Merced was recognized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as one of 150 public and private institutions that have made significant commitments to the nation's Hispanic population.


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