|Submission Date||Oct. 21, 2020|
University of Utah
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity
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Office of Sustainability
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:
Office for Inclusive Excellence (OIE), Annual Report
OIE monitors the campus climate and responds to incidents of bias. In 2017-2018, OIE partnered with the U’s central data office to include a diversity module on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) in order to measure aspects of campus climate and obtain baseline data. OIE collects and reports annual data about bias incidents on campus. Current diversity assessment focuses on students. The 2017-18 Annual Report says that the Office, "Developed a campus climate survey for staff and faculty, which will be administered during the 2018-19 academic calendar year."
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?:
Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success?:
Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity?:
A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs, and initiatives:
Assessment, Evaluation & Research, under Student Affairs examined seven questions and compared responses based on race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and international student status. They also provided three-year trend data specifically looking at microaggressions experienced by different student groups. Results of assessment are used in various reports listed in the Notes.
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:
Student Affairs Assessment Dashboard
The results of the 2020 NSSE Survey are due to be posted on the Assessment Dashboard by the end of August 2020. Survey results are described in annual reports from the Office for Inclusive Excellence and Assessment, Evaluation & Research. These reports also describe ongoing efforts to develop additional campus climate surveys.
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 (upload):
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:
Assessment, Evaluation & Research, Student Affairs. Annual Report 2018-2019
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: The primary initiative that AER progressed this year was to develop a set of standard demographic questions that are useful and inclusive. We researched national standards both within higher education (e.g., NASPA, the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals) and external to higher education (e.g., the United States Census Bureau). Then, we solicited volunteers and convened a group of colleagues from across the Division to review the research and discuss issues and concerns. While we were not able to finalize these questions, we hope to do so in the upcoming year. We also continue to work with staff in other departments to think about and implement assessment processes that address equity, diversity, and inclusion. For example, when we provide the standard utilization report of student demographics, we include a parallel report on the University student body, so that departments can reflect on who is and is not represented in their programs and services. Further, while we do not yet have an official recommendation for survey demographics, we encourage departments to make small changes to questions to make them more inclusive (e.g., changing “Other: _____” to “Self-identify: ____”).
Campus Climate Survey 2018: Overview, Student Affairs, Assessment, Evaluation & Research, January 14, 2019.
For the 2018 administration of the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct, the University of Utah administered the American Association of Universities (AAU) Survey to allow benchmarking with Pac-12 peers. This instrument was different than the survey administered at the University of Utah in 2016. The survey was administered to all students with a response rate of 12%.
College of Health Diversity Trends, 2018
Graduate School Diversity Office, Comprehensive Resource Guide: To Partner with the Graduate School Diversity Office, 2019.
This report presents data on the state of graduate student diversity and resources to improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups
Office for Inclusive Excellence, Annual Report
The 2017-2018 report notes an agenda to develop a survey on campus climate.
Office of Budget & Institutional Analysis
Collects diversity data.
Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity, Annual Reports
Links to annual reports form 2006- present. This is a standing committee, but the 2018-19 annual report expresses a belief that the committee is being underutilized.