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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 Bronze
Overall Score 38.32
Liaison Patrick McKee
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Eastern Kentucky University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Patrick McKee
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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:

EKU Diversity Office submits an annual assessment report of their current Diversity Strategic Plan to the KY Council on Post secondary Education.


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:

EKU experienced an increased undergraduate enrollment of Black/African American and Latino students, as well as an increase in retention of Black/African American students and the number of associate and bachelor degrees. There was a marked increase in graduate enrollment of the Black/African American students. In the same period, EKU elevated their diverse workforce in all race/ethncities except the American Indian or Alaska Native populations.
EKU implemented several student diversity initiatives including: The Freshman Academy; Black Male Initiative; Latino Student Outreach Specialist; expansion of diverse scholarship funding; early outreach to elementary, junior high and high school students.
The University reorganized its Human Resource (HR) department to encourage more interaction between individual members of HR and members of the faculty and staff in an effort to increase retention rates of all employees. The University also worked to allow member of HR and the Office of Equity and Inclusion (formerly the Equal Opportunity Office) to have meaningful input regarding the methods of position advertisement, recruitment of employees, and drafting of position descriptions to target minorities and underrepresented populations.


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:

The full report is posted on the EKU Diversity Office website and shared throughout the administration.


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:
The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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EKU Diversity Office - Paula Hansford

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