Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.07
Liaison Dr. Christopher Williams
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Delaware
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michelle Bennett
Sustainability Manager
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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:

In an effort to strategically and purposefully engage the practice of diversity and inclusion an all areas of the campus, each of the seven colleges and select academic units were asked to provide a quality review assessment of their diversity practices. Each area was asked to describe their unit’s diversity blueprint or goals (if any) for the past five years as it relates to faculty, staff/professionals, and students; measure the success in achieving these goals both qualitatively and quantitatively; and were to describe current efforts as it relates to recruitment, retention, campus climate (i.e. classroom, department, college), training and professional development, and community outreach/engagement. Next steps will be to develop strategic plans for each college and academic unit to achieve benchmarked goals in alignment with the institutional diversity action plan, Inclusive Excellence.

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?:

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

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

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

We looked at how we build and nurture diversity on our campus. We examined the programs intended to support our efforts and sought ways to improve them. Where we identified gaps, we set about trying to rectify them. Vice Provost for Diversity Carol Henderson led a University-wide initiative to document our history and chart our future. This entire effort resulted in Inclusive Excellence: An Action Plan for Diversity at UD, which spells out the steps we are committed to taking to achieve a more welcoming and inclusive university. It builds on our previous efforts embodied in strategic plans (Path to Prominence and Delaware Will Shine) and focuses on our shared vision for the future.
Most recently, we announced a pilot program to make the SAT optional for Delaware applicants to encourage applications from good students who might have experienced a bad test day. We have improved technology to support a student-success collaborative. We are reassessing policies and training programs for faculty and staff, and we are well along on a revised multicultural requirement for students.

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:

online, campus forums, press releases

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:

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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