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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 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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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:

Higher Learning Commission https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/articles/view/3824

The NMSU Office of Assessment assesses its university programs. Diversity is one of the outcomes of the assessment measurement.

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?:

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success (e.g. graduation/success and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity (e.g. pay and retention rates for underrepresented groups)?:

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs and initiatives:

An NMSU program, "Closing the Loop", is one way that assessment activities happen on a yearly basis across the curriculum. To close the loop they review the results of the assessment and suggest implementations and measure the impact.

The OAP Office of Assessment, does ongoing, systematic investigation of a program, unit, or institution for the purpose of continually improving that program, unit, or institution. Diversity assessment is one of the main foci.

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:

We post the results on our assessment.nmsu.edu website. Our EEO is part of our reporting as well. Each college has it's own reporting website. For example, here is the College of Business: We are assessed by outside agencies (i.e., North Central) and each individual college is assessed separately. College of Business is AASB Association to Advance Schools of Business" does an outcome on diversity of faculty and students. For example our College of Business has the following statement: Diversity in all its multi-dimensional aspects is an integral part of who we are at the NMSU College of Business.

It starts with our mission statement which explicitly states our commitment to serving the needs of our diverse population. It continues in the statement of our values where we unequivocally embrace the value of a diverse faculty and the need to prepare students for the challenges of a dynamic global economy.

NMSU was selected as an 2012 inaugural recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine in 2012.

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:
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:

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.