Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.17
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date May 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Kay-Lynn Yacoboski
Sustainability Intern
Office of Campus Planning and 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:

Employee Equity Survey:

In order to further equity and diversity at UVic, the university conducted an Employment Systems Review (ESR) involving extensive consultation with university employees. The ESR examined formal and informal employment policies, identified potential barriers to the full participation of all employees paying particular attention to designated groups and made a number of strategic and procedural recommendations to eliminate those barriers. As a result, the Equity and Human Rights Office (EQHR) lead consultation with a wide range of campus groups stakeholders on the recommendations provided in the ESR.

After the ESR was completed, EQHR made the decision to continue monitoring employment equity. This is done through regularly conducting the Employment Equity Survey. The results of this survey are used both internally and externally for reporting purposes. Internally, UVic has identified equity, diversity and inclusion as core values in its current Strategic Framework 2018-2023. To address the core values identified in the Strategic Framework, UVic maintains an Employment Equity Plan (2015-2020).

Student Surveys:

UVic participates in several student surveys conducted by the Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC), as well as the Canadian Graduate and Professional Survey (CGPSS) and the BC Student Outcomes survey of Baccalaureate Graduates (BGS). Recent surveys UVic students and graduates have participated in include:
- 2019 Canadian University Survey Consortium Survey of First-Year Students
- 2019 Canadian Graduate and Professional Survey
- 2018 BC Student Outcomes Survey of Baccalaureate Graduates
- 2018 Canadian University Survey Consortium Survey of Graduating Students
- 2017 Canadian University Survey Consortium Survey of Middle-Years Students

Each of these surveys is a comprehensive assessment of student satisfaction with their education and the institution as a whole, providing insight into students’ experiences and success rates. In particular, the BC Student Outcomes survey of Baccalaureate Graduates assesses students that have been graduated for two years, providing insight into how well they believe the institution has prepared them for a career beyond university. It also asks questions around the alumni’s job status and financial situations post-graduation. In each of these surveys, students are asked whether they self-identify as being within various underrepresented groups. This way, responses of students in underrepresented groups can be compared to the responses of students who do not identify as being within an underrepresented group. Discrepancies can then be identified and further addressed through the implementation of various initiatives and programs.


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?:
No

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:

Employment Equity Survey:

Results from the survey data are used to identify and dismantle barriers to employment equity. Data is used specifically to:
• Implement and monitor the university’s Employment Equity Program
• Suggest activities to promote fairness and equity at the university (such as training programs and addressing turnover and retention)
• Fulfill our employment equity reporting requirements to the BC Human Rights Tribunal
• Help with internal planning and reporting
• Be ready to comply with the Federal Contractors Program monitored by Employment and Social Development Canada.

See: https://www.uvic.ca/equity/employment-equity/equitysurvey/faqs/index.php

Student Surveys:

Student survey results are used to assess and inform the success or need of various equity and diversity initiatives. Examples of such initiatives include recruitment strategies and support programs available on campus, outlined in sections PA 5 “Diversity and Equity Coordination” and PA 7 “Support for Underrepresented Groups” of this report.


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:

Employee Equity Survey:

The results of the assessment and related research are shared with the University community in reports such as the Equity and Human Rights Employee Equity plan 2015-2020 and online within the Office of Equity and Human Rights website.

Student Surveys:

The results of the various aforementioned student surveys are posted on the University of Victoria Institutional Planning and Analysis website, and can be accessed by anyone.


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 (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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