Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.81
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date Jan. 4, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Houston
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Mendoza
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Every year Institutional Research audits the demographics of the university and reports these data in the Statistical Handbook. Data on residency, ethnicity, gender, immigration, and socioeconomic status are all recorded. This document can be viewed by college, department, university, or employment status. With the available data, IR is able to produce trends of equity and diversity over 5 year periods.

This information, together with the department of Equal Opportunity Services and Affirmative Action provides a representative picture of diversity and equity on campus and powerful tools to shape policy through the Faculty Senate/Staff Council.


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:

The university has developed an official diversity statement to embrace diversity and recognizes our responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn.


In an effort to understand the scope and nature of inclusion on its campuses, the University of Houston System participated in a Campus Climate Survey conducted by Keeling and Associates. The anonymous, online survey assesses campus' perceptions, behaviors, attitudes and experiences with regard to inclusion, whether on or off campus.

The UH System has charged each campus to evaluate their camps’ level of awareness and perception of diversity and inclusion. The information collected forms a baseline measurement. Ultimately, this self-assessment guides each campus in determining its need for resources to increase education and to accommodate a diverse population. The results for the UH System and each of its universities are available below.


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 Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosted several diversity conferences on campus including: Ceceilyn Miller Institute on-campus diversity conference for undergraduate and graduate, Diversity Symposium, and speaker series.

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:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.