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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.06
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Columbia University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Susan Smith
Associate Provost, Academic Affairs
Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Planning
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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) :

Each year, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Planning conducts an assessment of ten-year trend lines for each school showing the percentage of female and underrepresented minority undergraduate students, graduate students, tenure-track faculty, and tenured faculty.
In 2010 and 2011, as part of a University-wide initiative to enhance faculty and pipeline diversity, the Provost of the University and the Vice Provost for Academic Planning met with each School Dean and asked them to establish specific diversity goals, a three-year strategy to achieve its goals, and methods to assess and communicate progress. To assist the Deans with their planning, the Office for Academic Planning provided them with availability analyses from Affirmative Action Plans, their ten-year student and faculty diversity assessments, and guidance on formulating priorities in light of academic and financial considerations and pipeline realities. School goals and strategies, developed in collaboration with faculty members at each School, vary depending on hiring needs, pipeline variability, and similar considerations. The Schools’ plans address key points of the faculty career cycle, with specific strategies for achieving the diversity goal. Schools submitted their plans to the Provost and the implementation process is underway.


Has the institution assessed student diversity and educational equity?:
No

A brief description of the student diversity and educational equity assessment(s):
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Has the institution assessed employee diversity and employment equity?:
No

A brief description of the employee diversity and employment equity assessment(s):
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Has the institution assessed diversity and equity in terms of governance and public engagement?:
No

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