Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western Michigan University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Martha Warfield
Vice President
Diversity and Inclusion
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Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of campus climate?:
Yes

A brief description of the campus climate assessment(s) :

All current faculty, staff and students were provided with an opportunity to participate in research designed to investigate the campus climate for diversity and inclusion at Western Michigan University (WMU) during the fall semester of 2012 via an online survey (Phase I). In Phase II of the WMU Campus Climate Study, focus groups of a diverse cross-section of students, faculty, and staff will be used to provide qualitative data to supplement and deepen the findings based on quantitative data collected in Phase I.

The purpose of this research is to assess the current climate of WMU in regard to respect for diversity and inclusion of people from all backgrounds within the university.


Has the institution assessed student diversity and educational equity?:
Yes

A brief description of the student diversity and educational equity assessment(s):

Various departments proposals for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Assessment Grant which is an internal grant where departments, colleges, and divisions can work collaboratively to assess equity and access with regard to students, faculty, and staff and develop recommendations for strategic diversity change. The Campus Climate Assessment asked a series of questions related to student access, discrimination, and experiences on campus and in the classroom. In addition, institutional data on student diversity and educational equity is available in the Office of Institutional Research.


Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:
Yes

A brief description of the employee diversity and employment equity assessment(s):

The Campus Climate Assessment asked a series of questions related to employee access, discrimination, and experiences on campus and in the classroom. In addition, institutional data on employee diversity and employment is available in the Office of Institutional Research.


Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of governance and public engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the governance and public engagement assessment(s):

The Campus Climate Assessment and the subsequent work of the Campus Climate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Tactical Action Community has sought to inquire and also follow-up on data related to governance, the centrality of diversity in mission statements and planning, and overall diversity efforts across campus.


The website URL where information about the assessment(s) is available:

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