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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 34.87
Liaison DeLayne Miller
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Tennessee Technological University
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.88 / 1.00 DeLayne Miller
Sustainability Manager
Facilities: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:

The Diversity, Equity and Access Council has embraced the existing commitment to
diversity and expanded upon it, with the aid and strong support of the TTU
administration. The council used polling, interviews, and document analysis to gather qualitative and quantitative information to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.
As listed on the Council's website, it's charge is as follows:
-Develop short term and long term objectives
-Identify strategies for accomplishing goals
-Collect and monitor data re: student recruitment, retention and graduation
-Monitor and evaluate progress
-Identify successful programs/practices and apply them where needed
-Identify any institutional barriers that hinder diversity
-Advise TTU Administrators re: future programs/goals
-Compile Annual Report to President with recommendations and priorities


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:

TTU's Diversity Plan includes methods of assessment. The results are used to conduct formal campus climate studies and conduct new ones if mandated to implement training, cultural awareness, or other activities as needed or desired to promote greater diversity. Through partnerships with academic and administrative units across campus, innovative programs have increased access for students and resulted in an enrollment increase for the University. Programs/initiatives include:
-2+2 Program
-STEM Center programs
-Fast Track in Engineering
-Programs in Nursing and Engineering designed to bring potential students
to campus (e.g. Engineering a Future)
-Various programs/scholarships which improve access by providing
opportunity to undeserved groups


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:

A Tennessee Board of Regents Campus Diversity Plan document is available to all students.


Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:
No

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary:
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The website URL where the report or summary is publicly posted:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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.