Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison R. Johnston
Submission Date March 10, 2014
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University of Missouri, Kansas City
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of campus climate?:
Yes

A brief description of the campus climate assessment(s) :

The Minority Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee of the Strategic Enrollment Management Team is comprised of interested and committed individuals representing the divisions of Academic Affairs as well as Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The Subcommittee worked for many months to create a plan to be included as part of the university’s overall Strategic Enrollment Management Plan and one of the initiatives of the subcommittee was a survey of the racial climate at UMKC. It was believed this was an important first step in eventually creating the kind of university that would attract, retain and graduate a higher number of students of color which is a clearly stated goal of the university. Further, the previous survey was conducted in 1999 and all agreed that UMKC had changed significantly in that period of time, making it necessary to survey students again.


Has the institution assessed student diversity and educational equity?:
Yes

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

The Minority Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee of the Strategic Enrollment Management
Team is comprised of interested and committed individuals representing the divisions of Academic Affairs as well as Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The Subcommittee worked for many months to create a plan to be included as part of the university’s overall Strategic Enrollment Management Plan and one of the initiatives of the subcommittee was a survey of the racial climate at UMKC. It was believed this was an important first step in eventually creating the kind of university that would attract, retain and graduate a higher number of students of color which is a clearly stated goal of the university. Further, the previous survey was conducted in 1999 and all agreed that UMKC had changed significantly in that period of time, making it necessary to survey students again.


Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:
Yes

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

The University of Missouri Kansas City values diversity as central to our mission as an urban research university. We believe diversity is an important “driver” of excellence in education an education that prepares students for an increasingly complex global environment. Today’s students are more diverse in age, gender and cultural background, creating opportunities for UMKC to better understand and serve changing and dynamic educational needs. In fact, UMKC’s ability to respond to these changing needs has implications for enrollment, retention and graduation rates. Our undergraduate, graduate and professional programs benefit from a dynamic and diverse student population, faculty and staff that represent the many facets of our
city, the region, and the world. When students, staff and faculty develop competencies to work across differences, then creativity, problem solving and innovation result.


Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of governance and public engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the governance and public engagement assessment(s):

UMKC Diversity Plan included public engagement and assessment.


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

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