Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.98
Liaison Jay Price
Submission Date March 6, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Jay Price
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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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:

University of Tennessee Knoxville Student Living and Learning Experience Survey (Administered by Rankin & Associates Consulting)

"Implementation of a climate and student experience survey was recommended by UT’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) in 2015—a statewide group of faculty and staff tasked with identifying ways to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts. Support for the initiative is unanimous among senior leaders system-wide. Planning teams at the system and campus levels are in place and responsible for—in consultation with Rankin & Associates Consulting—development, implementation and interpretation of the survey and acting on its results. Once goals for improvement have been set, teams will recommend specific and measurable actions to improve the climate experienced by UT’s students." http://mycampus.tennessee.edu/learn-more/planning-teams/

The University of Tennessee strives to create a campus environment where all members of the UT community, especially students, can succeed. All students are encouraged to help make UT the best institution possible by sharing their experiences and perceptions of the campus community, culture, free speech and safety through UT’s statewide student experience survey. The survey includes questions about:
Campus Climate
Intimidating, Offensive and Hostile Conduct
Free Speech
Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
Faculty and Staff Support
Advising, Training, and Reporting
Awareness and Use of University Provided Resources
Overall Satisfaction with the University

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:

While there’s plenty of good news in the survey results, we’re not yet where we want to be and remain committed to making the University of Tennessee a better learning, living and working environment.

Results also point to differences in the needs of students based on political views, disability status, ethnicity, racial identity and gender identity, among other constituent groups.

According to our survey administrator, these results are consistent with findings for schools across the country. Data from the survey will be used in many ways at both system and campus levels, and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in these processes and continue sharing input about ways to improve campus climate, community, culture and safety.

Full report: https://mycampus.tennessee.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2018/02/University-of-Tennessee-Knoxville-Campus-Climate-Assessment-Full-Report.pdf

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:

Frequently asked questions are answered here:

The full report is publicly available here:

Planning teams at the system and campus levels are in place and will further analyze feedback and develop and recommend specific and measurable actions or initiatives to improve campus environments.

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:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.