Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.46
Liaison Winnie Mulamba
Submission Date March 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of South Florida St. Petersburg
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
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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:

USF Campus Climate Survey was designed to provide information about how well USF has achieved a campus climate that is as diverse, comfortable, and inclusive as possible. The survey gathered quantitative data from all full-time, Tampa-campus employees about their attitudes relative to diversity, equity, morale, safety, and inclusion, as well as bout their experiences of non-inclusion, harassment and/or discrimination. The main objective of this Climate Survey is to use the results as a part of USF's strategic planning process to enhance diversity and the overall campus climate.

The USF Diversity Summit is a system-wide event hosted by the President and attended by our faculty, staff and students. Each year, we explore diversity and inclusion topics that are important to both our internal and external communities through workshops, keynote speakers and other activities. Through this diversity summit, university stakeholders are able to assess the improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus

climate survey, diversity summit, lecture series, strategic diversity plan (being worked on)

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:

USF System First Time in College (FTIC) enrollment of underrepresented students continues to be a significant at 41.4%, and female enrollment remains at 58.5%. USF System Transfer enrollment of underrepresented students also remained at 41.6%, female transfers at 56.3%. The USF System has consistently enrolled 41% Pell Grant eligible students and indicates USF’s commitment to economically disadvantaged students. This trend has been sustained in past five years. Since 2010 the USF System has seen a 22% increase in veteran student enrollment. Additionally, the USF System has substantially increased the number of degrees awarded to Black and Hispanic students and the six year graduation for all students increased from 51% to 68% in five years. During that time period the achievement gap among underrepresented groups was eliminated and in some cases underrepresented students graduate at a higher rate than White students. The USF System recognized the gender gap in male graduation rates across the three institutions and has begun to develop strategies to improve male graduation rates. While there have been slight changes within the diversity of the student body, all three system institutions USF Tampa, USFSP, and USFSM have strategic initiatives to continue to outreach underrepresented students and maintain a strong diverse student body that remains equitable.

USF Athletics has been reviewing the feasibility of additional opportunities for females in sports and the possibility of an additional conference sport for women that will narrow the gap in proportionality

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:

On USF's Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity webpage, there is a search section in the top right corner. If anyone wants to have access to results, all they would have to do is search for USF's equity report.

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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