Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.22
Liaison Olivia Wiebe
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Idaho
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 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 University Diversity Plan implemented college assessment with college ripple maps to capture the college diversity initiatives. Each College has identified their College Diversity goals and objectives and are working with the President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion (PCDI) to develop measures for evaluation on progress.

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 2021. 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 Employment Development and Learning (
EDL). Through EDL 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 employees and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity?:

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

The results from the Ripple Mapping exercise have helped the college assess where most of their diversity work is being done within their colleges. This has lead to an informed approach in identifying their diversity goals and objectives.

The overall UI survey average for 2021 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 sixty-one percent (61%) of the time. This score improved markedly
with a promising increase from 2019 to 2020. (+6%) and a five percent (5%) increase overall from 2018 to 2021
(The Great Colleges survey was not conducted in 2020 for the UI).

The UI has participated in the Great Colleges survey for four 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 Diversity Plan is share campus wide via our website. The College Diversity Goals and objectives are shared by each college and also presented at the President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion (PCDI) with the President and Provost and Deans.

The survey is shared with the University Leadership and they are encouraged to share with their units. In addition, President Green shared information campus wide in a university statement.

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 (upload):

Website URL where the diversity and equity assessment report or summary is publicly posted:
Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity assessment efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

University of Idaho Diversity Plan: Yolanda Bisbee, Chief Diversity Officer
University College Diversity Mapping: Yolanda Bisbee, Chief Diversity Officer
Great Colleges to work For: Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President.

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