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Evaluation in Promoting Diversity

MICUA INSTITUTIONS CONTINUALLY EVALUATE cultural diversity programs and practices using a range of internal campus assessments and outside sources, including the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Hood College uses a variety of instruments to assess its performance in promoting cultural diversity, including national surveys such as the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) and National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), internal assessments, climate surveys, and student club and organization evaluations. A student life assessment team has been appointed to develop a plan for the College, which will contribute to the assessment of campus programs and activities, including those promoting cultural diversity. The first-year pilot of this plan has been implemented and data are being gathered.

McDaniel College has partnered with the Higher Education Research Institute to assess student learning related to diversity. The Diverse Learning Environments (DLE) Survey is based on research findings that optimizing diversity in the learning environment can facilitate achievement of key outcomes, including improving students’ habits of mind for lifelong learning, competencies and skills for living in a diverse society, and student retention and success. The DLE captures student perceptions regarding the institutional climate and campus practices as experienced with faculty, staff, and peers. The College is using the survey findings to assess areas of strength and improvement related to cultural diversity.

In April 2018, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) finalized the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Globalization (DEIG) report, the end-product of nearly three years of an internal study regarding the systems and structures of the College relative to inclusivity and cultural diversity. This report not only assesses MICA’s strengths, but also outlines a comprehensive set of commitments for growth. At the conclusion of this process, an Accountability Monitoring Group (AMG) was launched with representation from students, faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees. The AMG will act as an internal auditor and is charged with assessing MICA’s performance relative to cultural and other diversity.

Mount St. Mary’s University’s Inclusive Excellence Committee administered a campus climate survey to all students in 2015, followed by focus groups to gather qualitative data. The results were shared in individual meetings with the President’s Cabinet, Faculty, Student Affairs Council, Leadership Team (50+ Administrative leaders), and Student Government Association. The survey will be conducted every three years. In 2018, the Mount Inclusive Excellence Committee adopted an assessment plan to help identify gaps and challenges, guide recommendations for resource allocations, and track progress over time towards long-term campus climate and diversity objectives. Washington College uses a combination of the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to understand students’ expectations and experiences with diversity in their social interactions and in the curriculum. When used in concert, these surveys permit inferences about how college affects students’ perspectives on diversity. The survey results have been used to engage the campus community in further conversations, and the College’s diversity committee is creating an assessment plan to assess initiatives and develop goals and actions for the institution.