Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.01
Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date April 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Arlington
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.88 / 1.00 Meghna Tare
Director
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:

In 2021, UT Arlington’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion authorized a Campus Climate Survey on Inclusive Workplace. The sample population (N=764) focused exclusively on faculty and staff. It consists of 498 whites and 266 non-whites including blacks, American Indians, Arabs/North Africans, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics/Latinos. Study participants addressed a wide range of topics, from their employment at UT Arlington to perceptions of racism and sexism on campus, as well as their beliefs about institutional challenges concerning diversity.
The Campus Climate Survey on Inclusive Workplace was an online survey that included both unique and time-tested questions that appear on existing surveys. The data was analyzed via descriptive and multivariate procedures. Including some questions from prior surveys allows for determining the extent to which faculty and staff at UT Arlington vary from employees at other institutions.


Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of employees and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success?:
Yes

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity?:
Yes

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

The vast majority of study participants (86%) “feel comfortable” working at UT Arlington. While many respondents believe that they must “work harder for the same recognition as others” (30%), most do not (47%). Nearly 50% of study participants believe that racism is “still a problem here at UT Arlington,” but 63% do not believe that UT Arlington places “too much emphasis on diversity.”

Multivariate results reveal a clear and consistent pattern of results by race and ethnicity. After controlling for relevant background factors, blacks sharply differ from whites across many survey items regarding employment at UT Arlington, as well as issues specific to racism and discrimination. Asians and Latinos also often differ from whites, but not as consistently as blacks.

These findings, as well as others from the Campus Climate Survey on Inclusive Workplace, will help inform future initiatives on diversity and inclusion to improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups.


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:

An initial presentation of the findings has been shared with UT Arlington’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
The results will probably be shared initially with ranking administrators, followed by particular groups of stakeholders and then campus forums.


Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:
No

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary (upload):
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Website URL where the diversity and equity assessment report or summary is publicly posted:
Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity assessment efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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