Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.07
Liaison Erin Akins
Submission Date March 5, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Saskatchewan
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
0.50 / 1.00 Erin Akins
Sustainability Coordinator
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?:
Yes

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

The Institution Planning and Assessment Office conducts multiple surveys on a continuous basis to assess USask's achievement in areas of strategic priority. Supporting Diversity and Equity is one of the strategic priorities.

In the past three years, data has been collected on graduation rates and post-graduate activities was also collected information on diversity groups such as Indigenous students, international students and students with disabilities. This data comes from the Saskatchewan Provincial Graduate Outcomes and the Canadian University Survey Consortium surveys.

Although a Campus Climate survey is completed periodically, the most recent version is now more than 3 years old.


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?:
No

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success (e.g. graduation/success and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:
Yes

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity (e.g. pay and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:
No

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

Institutional Planning and Assessment is responsible for the dissemination of findings. This offices uses surveys to plan for program and service enhancements to meet the needs of the student body and to inform decision making.

From the Saskatchewan Provincial Graduate Outcomes Survey:
- At Usask, 8% of students identified as aboriginal, 14% as a visible minority, and 3% as having a disability
-Fewer Aboriginal graduates were employed two years after graduation (75% compared to 86% for non-Aboriginal graduates).
-Aboriginal graduates were more than twice as likely as non-Aboriginal graduates to have had major childcare and housing challenges during their program.
- Among those self-identified as a person with a disability, more than one
half requested accommodations from their institution because of their disability.
- On average, international graduates employed at the time of the survey earned a lower salary from their primary job compared to domestic graduates ($52,070 compared to $64,763)

From the Canadian university Survey Consortium:
- The majority of students (61%) agreed they were satisfied with the concern shown by the university for them as an individual, with 6% being very satisfied.
- Although only 3% of students had used services for First Nations students, all (100%) who used these services reported being satisfied.

These survey results informed the development of Usask's new University Plan 2025 which has "Embrace Manacihitowin" (Manacihitowin = Respect One Another in the Cree Language) as one of the key goals and identifies several actions to advance this goal.


Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:
Yes

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

Publically available on webpage and referenced in campus newsletters and bulletins.


Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:
Yes

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary:
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The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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