|Submission Date||March 4, 2021|
University of Virginia
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity
|1.00 / 1.00||
Director, University & Community Relations and Development
Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
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:
Over the past year, the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has engaged all schools and units at UVA in the strategic assessment and planning process known nationally as Inclusive Excellence. Each school or unit's Inclusive Excellence plan will address the current status of diversity, equity and inclusion in their part of the broader organization. The Inclusive Excellence plans, containing metrics and benchmarks, will be used to evaluate the schools/units' progress related to diversity, equity, and inclusion inclusive of students, faculty, staff, and community members. See link to more information below.
In addition, the Diversity Data Dashboard at UVA continues to visualize demographic data for undergraduate, graduate students, staff, and faculty. The Diversity Dashboard is available here: https://diversitydata.virginia.edu/ These data are drawn from UVA's Office of Institutional Research and Analytics.
In summer 2020 UVA's President Jim Ryan established the Racial Equity Task Force to examine how to redress the negative impacts of systemic racism on students, faculty, staff, and community members. The task force engaged in public listening sessions with hundreds of participants and issued a final report outlining key recommendations.
In UVA's School of Engineering and Applied Science, a research study was conducted that revealed inequities in GPA attainment among racial and ethnic groups. The research team plans to continue building upon the searchable database it developed, analyzing data, and using results to inform programs/interventions aimed at closing the achievement gaps. An article about the study is available here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00091383.2018.1483176?scroll=top&needAccess=true&
The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion received funding and approval to hire its first Director of Assessment. The position is currently posted and candidate recruitment is in process.
In addition, UVA engages with the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Survey to assess the student experience on campus. UVA's Diversity Council added questions pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion to the UVA-specific module. UVA's Office of Research and Analytics distributes the survey. The most recently available results for the survey are available here: https://ira.virginia.edu/seru
Faculty are asked at intervals to participate in the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey. For additional information about the COACHE Survey and a summary of the most recently available results, see: https://provost.virginia.edu/subsite/faculty-affairs/coache
While the University has engaged in extensive self-study and progressed in many areas, it continues to face challenges resulting from systemic racism.
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:
The UVA Board of Visitors endorsed goals outlined by the Racial Equity Task Force, including: doubling the number of underrepresented faculty by 2030; reviewing the tenure and promotion process; developing a plan and timeline for aligning the UVA student population with that of the Commonwealth of Virginia; reviewing policies related to employee hiring, wages, retention, promotion; and more. See this UVA Today article for additional information: https://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-board-visitors-endorses-goals-presented-racial-equity-task-force
The schools' Inclusive Excellence plans will be submitted in spring 2021.
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:
UVA Today, the university's daily digital news source, has published articles about the The Racial Equity Task Force's work. Recommendations from the task force were presented to the Board of Visitors. The Racial Equity Task Force process, progress, updates, and final report are available here and will continue to be updated: https://racialequity.virginia.edu/
The Inclusive Excellence webpage will share results with the campus community through UVA Communications channels; the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion social media channels; and on the Inclusive Excellence website: https://vpdiversity.virginia.edu/inclusive-excellence
Once the Director of Assessment is hired in the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, that individual will identify how to share assessment results most effectively with the UVA community.
The Inclusive Excellence plans will be made public. For more information about Inclusive Excellence, see: https://vpdiversity.virginia.edu/inclusive-excellence
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:
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.