|Submission Date||July 24, 2015|
Virginia Commonwealth University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity
Sustainability Projects and Programs Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of campus climate?:
A brief description of the campus climate assessment(s) :
The Campus Climate Survey included three open-ended questions. A subcommittee of the Equity and Diversity Committee hired a qualitative research consultant who assisted with analysis of responses to these questions, resulting in this report.
Has the institution assessed student diversity and educational equity?:
A brief description of the student diversity and educational equity assessment(s):
VCU regularly assesses student outcomes in a variety of manners and through different lenses to make substantive improvements to retention and graduation, evidenced through our marked improvements in those areas over the years.
Time to degree, credit hour enrollment, and progression through the major are examined. Programs are analyzed, course impeders brought to the attention of chairs, D/F/W rates above the median, and depressed retention rates are addressed. It has been through the examination of choice student group behavior that VCU has been able to continuously elevate student success. In fact, last year the African American and white graduation rates were equal and it is projected that the AY 2014-15 six year graduation rate will increase approximately three points and that African American graduation rates will exceed those of whites by two points.
Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:
A brief description of the employee diversity and employment equity assessment(s):
As a federal contractor, the University prepares an affirmative action plan annually which includes qualitative data analyses related to workforce composition/diversity and equity within employment practices.
Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of governance and public engagement?:
A brief description of the governance and public engagement assessment(s):
The website URL where information about the assessment(s) is available:
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.