Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.44
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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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 participated in the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climate Survey(NACCC), a racial climate survey during the spring 2019 semester. The NACCC is a quantitative survey administered annually at colleges and universities to provide data about students’ encounters with racism and racial stress on campus, the extent to which they interact meaningfully with diverse others and where and what they learn about race, their feelings of readiness for citizenship in a racially diverse democracy after college and other relevant topics. The survey was administered by the University of Southern California's Race and Equity Center. The survey began to be administered in Fall 2018 through USC’s Race and Equity Center in partnership with a 1 million dollar gift from the Lumina Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The survey content is based on more than a decade of qualitative climate studies at colleges and universities across the county. The survey was administered to all undergraduate students (13,618) at West Chester and had a 23% response rate. It was administered over a 6 week period.
The Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy also participated in the Campus Pride Index to assess the climate for LGBTQIA+ students and staff in 2020. The index tool consists of 50+ self-assessment questions, which correspond to eight different LGBTQ-friendly factors assessing LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices. The Center received a confidential report of the index tool responses along with results and recommendations.

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 racial climate survey was administered to all undergraduate students (13,618) at West Chester and had a 23% response rate. It was administered over a 6 week period. The report includes recommendations across the following 5 areas of assessment:
• Mattering and Affirmation
• Cross-Racial Engagement
• Racial Learning and Literacy
• Encounters with Racial Stress
• Appraisals of Institutional Commitment
A brief description of the findings is available in the executive summary (link is below). The results were used to plan future education opportunities (such as the recently-launched Institute for Cultural Competence and Inclusive Excellence); to foster communication and dialogue (such as the the newly formed Inclusive Teaching Committee and our University President's statements in response to national racial incidents); and the launching of our ""Change Begins Here - Dismantling Systemic and Everyday Racism"" website (serving as a resource for the campus community to get involved in anti-racism events and programs). Through the LGBTQIA+ survey, we recognized a need for a preferred pronoun policy, which is currently being researched and refined with an expected launch date of Spring 2022.


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 results of the racial climate survey were shared with the President's Cabinet on Monday, December 16, 2019. Results were provided to the campus through 2 open forums in February 2020, and the executive summary is available on the ODEI website. The results of the Campus Pride Index were discussed in an open forum with the campus community and in a special meeting of the LGBTQIA+ University Caucus.

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 Provided by: Tracey Ray Robinson, (trobinson@wcupa.edu) Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Data Entry: Lois Howell, 12-Jan-22

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