Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.76
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Pittsburgh
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lisa Garland
Diversity and Multi-Cultural Program Manager
Diversity and 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:

In the spring of 2015, Pitt voluntarily participated in a national survey of student attitudes and experiences regarding sexual violence and harassment. The survey, called the Campus Climate Survey, was conducted by the Association of American Universities (AAU), and we were one of 27 member institutions that participated. We chose to participate because it is another tool to identify areas in which we can and should do better. In 2016, AAU distributed a related survey which did not seek information from students on their experiences, but instead asked the participating universities whether they had made recent changes to their practices relating to sexual misconduct.

In November 2017, the University launched a University Wide Staff Climate and Engagement Survey. In order to maintain excellence and support for the core pillars of the strategic plan, the survey was launched to gain an understanding of the Pitt experience for staff members. The survey closed in January. Senior leadership is compiling and assessing the data and will make recommendations on next steps in the near future. Here is the timeline:
November 2017 - Survey Launch
January 2018 - Survey close and New Measures Executive Analysis
February 2018 - Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Office of Human Resources Analysis
March - May 2018 - Preliminary Results and Proposed Action Plan
May - June 2018 - Action Plan Implementation
Winter 2018 - Assess Plan Effectiveness
Here is the link to the website: https://www.engagementsurvey.pitt.edu/
The expectation is that another survey will be conducted in 2 years.

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 participated in the 2016 survey, and highlighted a few of its recently initiatives to enhance our sexual misconduct education, prevention and response.

Significant University-wide actions since the 2015 AAU Campus Climate Survey include:
• Adoption of a new Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure that includes a recurring training requirement for faculty and staff.
• Increased Peer Education Programs focused on Consent and Healthy Relationships.
• Redesigned New Student Orientation to provide improved prevention education.
• Increased training to faculty and staff, through on-line and in-person sessions.
• Education for graduate students to increase knowledge of resources and reporting options.
• Worked closely with LGBTQIA+ populations through office hours and programming.

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 Campus Climate Survey results are on the Title IX website at: http://www.titleix.pitt.edu/resources/aau-climate-survey

Campus Climate Survey:Pitt Report & Tables
The University, as part of its ongoing efforts to combat sexual misconduct, released its Report and Tables and is committed to using this survey as a tool to provide information that will be useful in developing and continuing to improve programs to address safety issues on campus.

Additional information is also available on the University of Pittsburgh Web site at:

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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