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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 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
PA-5: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

University of Tennessee Knoxville Student Living and Learning Experience Survey (Administered by Rankin & Associates Consulting)

"Implementation of a climate and student experience survey was recommended by UT’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) in 2015—a statewide group of faculty and staff tasked with identifying ways to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts. Support for the initiative is unanimous among senior leaders system-wide. Planning teams at the system and campus levels are in place and responsible for—in consultation with Rankin & Associates Consulting—development, implementation and interpretation of the survey and acting on its results. Once goals for improvement have been set, teams will recommend specific and measurable actions to improve the climate experienced by UT’s students." http://mycampus.tennessee.edu/learn-more/planning-teams/

The University of Tennessee strives to create a campus environment where all members of the UT community, especially students, can succeed. All students are encouraged to help make UT the best institution possible by sharing their experiences and perceptions of campus community, culture, free speech and safety through UT’s statewide student experience survey. The survey includes questions about:
Campus Climate
Intimidating, Offensive and Hostile Conduct
Free Speech
Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
Faculty and Staff Support
Advising, Training and Reporting
Awareness and Use of University Provided Resources
Overall Satisfaction with the University


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:

Results of this survey will be shared broadly with the public in fall 2017. http://mycampus.tennessee.edu/learn-more/faqs/

"Once goals for improvement have been set, teams will recommend specific and measurable actions to improve the climate experienced by UT’s students." http://mycampus.tennessee.edu/learn-more/planning-teams/


Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:
No

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

Results of this survey will be shared broadly with the public in fall 2017.


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:
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.