Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.21
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.63 / 1.00 Beth Schommer
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
Chancellor's Office
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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:

In spring 2021, UW-River Falls conducted a campus climate survey. The Campus Climate Survey asks students to reflect on their experiences at UWRF. Topics include classroom experiences, use of student services, interactions with others on campus, and participation in multicultural and other activities. The overall goal of the survey is to assess the perceptions of our campus environment for learning, living, and working, and to better understand these individuals’ satisfaction with the UWRF experience.

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 results for the most recent (Spring 2021) assessment have not yet been shared. The below response is based on our previous assessment conducted in 2017 which was completed by both students and employees whereas the 2021 assessment was only for students.

The results from the previous assessment helped advise the Inclusive Excellence Goals for campus. As documented on https://www.uwrf.edu/Diversity/Inclusive-Excellence-Goals.cfm, progress was made on each of the goals since the survey was conducted.

For both students and employees, bias or hostility based on political beliefs is one of the more significant climate concerns at UW-River Falls, though the nature of the bias or hostility is somewhat different in the two groups. Students seem to be concerned about the political leanings of their professors, a sentiment shared by some employees. Another group of employees, however, view the political hostility in terms of the treatment our campus receives from our elected officials.

Both groups also identified bias based on gender to be a significant concern.

Neither students nor employees are likely to have reported their encounters with bias and only about half appear to know how or to whom to make such a report.

Large majorities of both students and faculty are satisfied or very satisfied with all dimensions of climate on campus and with their interactions with the community. There are, however, segments of both populations who are sufficiently dissatisfied with climate to be considering leaving the university.

Employees expressed concern about the climate on campus in terms of mutual respect across employment categories. Student comments indicated some dissatisfaction with their fellow students, in terms of campus climate.

A list of 5 themes have been identified as action areas to pursue in response to the climate survey. The thematic areas of focus were defined by the working group which helped create the survey tool and additional input was provided at the Aug. 29, 2017, Campus Leadership Workshop. The final action areas were refined by the Chancellor’s Cabinet on Oct. 16, 2017. In demonstration of the importance of addressing these issues, $25,000 in one-time institutional funding was allocated in Round 2 of the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Budget Process to support the implementation of these actions.

Example outcomes from the 2017 Campus Climate Survey:
Development of the Pride Center
Gave the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Office priority spacing in the Rodli Design
Help expand programming budget

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:

All information and reports from the climate survey are available for the campus community online. https://www.uwrf.edu/Diversity/Campus-Climate-Survey.cfm
The reports have also been shared via email and the campus newsletter.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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