|Submission Date||Oct. 31, 2019|
Utah State University
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity
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USU Inclusion Center
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:
Campus Climate Survey was administered in 2015 by an off-campus consulting firm sponsored by the Office of Human Resources and the Diversity Council. Two separate surveys were given. One for faculty and staff while the other was specifically for students. In 2017, a campus climate survey regarding sexual misconduct/harassment was distributed to students. Questions referring to campus climate and diversity and equity were included. In 2018, a survey was created to assess diversity and inclusion within the Graduate School. In addition, at the end of each year, students who are graduating are asked to complete an exit survey. The USU Diversity Taskforce has been recently established. The committee will be responsible for sponsoring a campus climate survey. The survey will be administered during the 2019/2020 academic year.
Below are additional campus climate reports and executive summaries:
o STEM Campus Climate Survey 2016-2017 - The 2016-2017 USU Campus Climate Survey from Dr. Helga Van Miegreot and Dr. Christy Glass highlight the diversity related experiences of graduate students from under-represented backgrounds, including sexual orientation, religion, race and ethnicity, and gender.
o USU Diversity Report Card 2014 - Women and Minorities - The USU Faculty Senate committee on Faculty Diversity and Equity aggregated the most recent nationally available data on diversity in US colleges. This report highlights the relative percentage of women and minorities in each college within USU.
o USU Advance - Women in Science and Engineering Careers - This portal highlights a number of presentations and reports regarding the role of women in science and engineering careers at USU. These links specifically connect to NSF Advance grant recipients at USU.
o Mental Health Needs of USU Distance Education/Regional Campus Students - Highlighting the mental health needs of USU regional campus students, this assessment was conducted by Drs. Jessica Lucero and Steven Lucero as well as Dr. Jessica Lucero's MSW research course to help identify the ways that USU Student Affairs can best serve the needs of RCDE students.
o USU Student Climate Survey - Fall 2014 - Fall 2015 - Research funded by the USU Diversity Council and conducted by Dr. Renee Galliher and her research lab to better understand diverse students' perceptions of the USU campus climate and the connection with their subsequent retention. The presentations sub-linked below all highlight research from Dr. Gailliher and her research lab highlighting additional findings regarding USU student's perceptions of campus climate.
- Native American USU Students - The experiences of Native American students and their academic functioning
- Latinx students at USU - Latinx students' perceptions of school belonging
- Awareness of racism - Differences in students of color and white students' awareness of racism on campus
- LGBTQ Students' School Belonging - LGBTQ Students' reports of being discriminated against and connection with campus climate
- Thesis - Diversity-Related Experiences Among College Students - Thesis regarding Social Justice Orientation, Multicultural Openness, and Community Involvement promotion
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 indicated higher levels of discrimination based on race/ethnicity, citizenship, and religion for students of color as compared with white students. Students with an LGBTQA+ identity reported 34% experienced discrimination sometimes, often, or very often.
In 2018, President Cockett hosted an Inclusive Excellence Symposium focused on "cultivating a diversity of thought and culture."
The president called a Diversity & Inclusion Task Force in 2019 with a focus on providing students with the resources they need to graduate and goals of increasing the recruitment and retention of students and staff from underrepresented groups as well as providing graduates with cultural confidence to be successful globally.
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:
The data from the graduate school survey and campus climate where it pertains to sexual misconduct/harassment were shared. The results of the faculty and staff climate survey in 2019/2020 will be shared with the campus community. The data from the student climate survey will also be presented.
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:
See also: https://www.usu.edu/sexual-assault/survey
Student campus climate survey – Completed November 2015.
Staff and faculty climate survey
Graduate Student Climate Survey – Completed 2018
Campus Climate Sexual Misconduct/Harassment – 2017
STEM Campus Climate Survey 2016-2017
USU Diversity Report Card 2014 – Women and Minorities
USU Advance – Women in Science and Engineering Careers
Mental Health Needs of USU Distance/Education Regional Campus Students
USU Student Climate Survey – FA 2014/2015
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