Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.94
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Virginia Tech
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Dr. Marcy Schnitzer
Associate Director for Strategic Planning and Improvement
Inclusion and Diversity
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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:

Virginia Tech surveys campus climate and diversity on a regular basis:
Employee Climate Survey has been conducted bi-annually
The COACHE Survey of Faculty Job Satisfaction, every 3-4 years.
The LGBTQ+ Climate Survey, every 3 years.
The Graduate Student Climate Survey, every 3 years.
The VT Freshman Survey, annually.
The VT Senior Survey, annually.


Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of faculty, staff, administrators and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success (e.g. graduation/success and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:
Yes

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity (e.g. pay and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:
Yes

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs and initiatives:

Climate survey findings consistently show lower satisfaction among underrepresented minorities and women, whether employee, graduate or undergraduate student. Underrepresented students also have lower retention rates than white students, and there are very few underrepresented faculty across the disciplines, but particularly in certain colleges. A comprehensive report was presented to the InclusiveVT Executive Council in May, 2017, and to Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors in September. This has resulted in the establishment of Working Groups on Student Success and Gender. The above data has also been used to inform new hiring initiatives for faculty, and recruitment initiatives for students.

The Office for Inclusion and Diversity works with the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness to collect comprehensive quantitative data about faculty, staff, and student diversity, and requests that all colleges, departments, and senior management areas utilize current data in their required diversity strategic plans.


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:

They are shared by department.
Employee Climate Survey results are shared with each college and Senior Management Area, who share with their departments.
The COACHE Survey of Faculty Job Satisfaction, https://advance.vt.edu/measuring_progress/coache_surveys.html
Results are shared with each college and Senior Management Area, who share with their departments.
The Graduate Student Climate Survey, https://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/numbers/climate-survey-home.html
The LGBTQ+ Climate Survey, https://inclusive.vt.edu/content/dam/inclusive_vt_edu/resources/publications/reports/lgbtq-climate-survey.pdf . Survey results have been shared in campus-wide and college presentations.
The VT Freshman Survey, https://assessment.vt.edu/content/dam/assessment_vt_edu/surveys/2016_Results_Summary.2.pdf
The VT Senior Survey, https://assessment.vt.edu/content/dam/assessment_vt_edu/surveys/University_Report_2016-2017.pdf
Summary reports for the Freshman and Senior Surveys are shared and discussed with units.


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:
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The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The rest of the available summaries are located below.

Employee Climate Survey results are shared with each college and Senior Management Area, who share with their departments.
The COACHE Survey of Faculty Job Satisfaction, https://advance.vt.edu/measuring_progress/coache_surveys.html
Results are shared with each college and Senior Management Area, who share with their departments.
The Graduate Student Climate Survey, https://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/numbers/climate-survey-home.html
The LGBTQ+ Climate Survey, https://inclusive.vt.edu/content/dam/inclusive_vt_edu/resources/publications/reports/lgbtq-climate-survey.pdf . Survey results have been shared in campus-wide and college presentations.
The VT Freshman Survey, https://assessment.vt.edu/content/dam/assessment_vt_edu/surveys/2016_Results_Summary.2.pdf
The VT Senior Survey, https://assessment.vt.edu/content/dam/assessment_vt_edu/surveys/University_Report_2016-2017.pdf
Summary reports for the Freshman and Senior Surveys are shared and discussed with units.

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