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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 Silver
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison Melissa Tier
Submission Date April 19, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Swarthmore College
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Shá Smith
Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development
 Deans Office
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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:

Campus Climate Survey and the resulting Student Experience Visioning Study: Brightspot (consulting firm) partnered with Swarthmore College administrators, leadership, staff, faculty, and students in a highly participatory visioning study to examine the current student experience outside of the classroom. During the process, Brightspot engaged participants through workshops, interviews, forums, and walking tours, to build understanding, ideas, and consensus. They shared the feedback they received with community members in a variety of settings for further response and synthesis, culminating in a vision for the future and ideas for how to achieve it. Together they communicate key opportunities to improve the student experience and pave the way for future planning activities.


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)?:
No

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

Emerging strategies were developed and prioritized through conversations and workshops with students, faculty, staff, alumni, leadership, and the Board of Managers. They aim to address the needs of students and achieve the future vision for the student experience at Swarthmore. The strategies take several forms including spaces, services, communications, policy, and programs. They lay the groundwork for future development and planning efforts with the involvement of the Swarthmore community. In the near term, members of the community will have opportunities to refine concepts and participate in prototyping strategies on campus.
In the longer term, strategies will be implemented through capital planning projects as well as service, communication, policy, and program solutions 


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 report has been published on the Swarthmore website and shared with the campus community via an email from College President Valerie Smith.


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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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.