Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Jeannie Matheison
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Idaho
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.63 / 1.00 Yolanda Bisbee
Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Human Rights, Access & 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 Great Colleges to Work For survey is administered by ModernThink LLC for The Chronicle. It is the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education and provides educational leads insights on the workplace experience for faculty and staff. The U of I first participated in this study in 2016 with a random sampling, and has included all faculty and staff annually since 2017. The survey questions represent employee engagement and involvement at U of I by evaluating 15 “dimensions” of managerial and organizational competencies. The survey includes 15 optional demographic questions at the end, followed by 10 customized U of I questions.

The Equity and Diversity unit provides cultural competency training which is now being offered through the Professional Development Learning Office (PDL). Through PDL we will be able to track the number of staff and faculty who have utilized our training.

Also, through the College of Letters, Arts and Social Science a Diversity Stratification Certificate is offered for students, staff and faculty to participate in.


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 overall UI survey average for 2018 of the sixty standard statements fell within the
“Fair to Mediocre” range with UI employees indicating they either “agreed” or “strongly agreed”
with the statements fifty-five percent (55%) of the time. This score has remained consistently
within this range with a very slight decline year-to-year (-0.5%) and a two percent (2%) decrease
overall from 2017 to 2018.

The UI has participated in the Great Colleges survey for two years, and uses the feedback broadly to inform and guide our actions in support of continuous improvement. The university has a strategic plan which speaks broadly to transformative education, innovative research, engaging outreach, and an inclusive and diverse culture. Every campus unit further develops a cascaded plan which strives to operationalize and bring to life the strategic plan within the unit, with specific goals and action plans. Feedback developed through the Great Colleges survey is one means to gauging progress toward these local goals and also serves to highlight particular areas of concern or success—further guiding the development and tracking of needed improvements, and in shaping policy, programs, and initiatives.

A report summarizing assessment findings and trends is available on the at: https://www.uidaho.edu/-/media/UIdaho-Responsive/Files/provost/IEA/Surveys/Chronice-Great-Colleges/great-colleges-summary-report.pdf?la=en&hash=75205AB831A71D05EC8A6872A6F689B047E92E9D

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 survey is shared with the University Leadership and they are encouraged to share with their units. In addition, President Staben shared information during his annual State of the University address.

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:

Great Colleges Survey results used in shaping university policy: Brian Johnson, Assistant Vice President, Facilities

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