Create a research and assessment team to develop metrics to evaluate diversity and inclusion efforts
By September 15, 2016 Dartmouth will create a research and assessment team to develop metrics to evaluate the College's efforts, study the data and work with and support the Committee on Institutional Diversity and Inclusivity, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and senior leadership.
Measuring success requires knowing where we started from and identifying the right data to gather and appropriate metrics to understand if progress is being made. This initiative also represents a opportunity to conduct research on supporting diversity in a university setting. Creating an assessment and research team will allow us to stay on track, and may yield useful research for the future.
The Faculty working group recommended the creation of a Dartmouth Diversity Action Research Team (D-DART), comprised of academic and staff leaders who use data to better understand issues of diversity and inclusion, to propose insitutional strategies and to serve as a resource to departments, programs, divisions and schools in their diversity efforts.
The Student Working Group also recommended the creation of an assessment team, with representation from across the institution and incorporating students. This working group also recommended the assessment team serve as a resource to the College's senior leaders and the community as a whole
As of September 15, 2016 the following individuals from across campus have agreed to join the Diversity Assessment and Research Team (DART):
- Alicia Betsinger, Director of Institutional Research (team lead)
- Yusaku Horiuchi, Professor of Government and Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies
- Petra Bonfert-Taylor, Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering
- Glenda Shoop, Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine
- Prudence Merton, Associate Director for Faculty Programs and Assessment, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning
- Rachel Eden, Assistant Dean and Advisor to First Generation and Low Income Students, Office of Pluralism and Leadership
This team will review metrics proposed by Inclusive Excellence working groups and recommend metrics to be used in the diversity and inclusivity report card; provide reports and updates to the Council on Institutional Diversity and Inclusivity and other entities as needed; respond to requests from the council for new types of data; identify and develop additional metrics and data-monitoring activities necessary to the action plan.
The task is complete. Updates from DART will be posted as the team identifies the metrics and data to be used in assessing progress, and as results from their research become available.