Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.27
Liaison Jane Stewart
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Washington and Lee University
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kimberly Hodge
Director of Sustainability Initiatives and Education
Student Affairs
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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:

We are a member of the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, which administers the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) . The last survey was distributed in October of 2021. We will get the data back from them in June 2022. The staff and faculty will be surveyed in April, and have been regularly surveyed every three years in the past.

The NSSE survey was given to first-years and seniors in 2020.

We also created an institutional history committee, whose research and recommendations have led to several changes on campus. Following this committee's report, we then entered into a long-term study about the name of our institution, after which we decided to keep the name, but enact major changes to some pieces of our community.

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:

Given that we are an institution that is named after Robert E. Lee, we have had to investigate our history and our storytelling very closely. Much of this examination is detailed above in surveys and internal research. Institutional efforts and leadership outcomes can be found here: https://www.wlu.edu/the-w-l-story/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/institutional-efforts-and-leadership/

Activities and initiatives changes can be found here: https://www.wlu.edu/the-w-l-story/leadership/office-of-the-president/issues-and-initiatives/community/diversity-and-inclusion/

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:

After all of this work over the past few years, we have held town hall meetings that are open to the entire community and listening sessions with specific cohorts within the community. Additionally much of the reports and results are detailed on various pieces of our website (urls above and below.)

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:

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