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Guiding Objective #3

Upholding our commitments to diversity, access and individual development.

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3.ADevelop action plans for addressing opportunities with BIPOC students, staff and faculty to address and eradicate structural disadvantages and systemic racism, including:

  1. Developing a post-baccalaureate achievement program based on the TRIO Ronald McNair Scholars model to increase Ph.D. attainment for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  2. Reviewing university policies and processes including recruitment and retention efforts to identify and address implicit bias.
  3. Completing inventory of historic markers, artwork and related items and assess appropriate placement or removal.
  4. Completing campus audit of providing a welcoming and supportive environment for  students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors and determining action steps to address issues identified.
  5. Ensuring faculty have opportunities for professional development concerning inclusive and transparent pedagogies. 
  6. Revising recruiting and hiring practices and procedures. Identify and attract students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  7. Identify and attract students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

complete – Items i, ii, vi

partially complete – Items iii, iv, v, vii

i. Completed draft of Inclusive Excellence program.

ii. Implemented enhanced diversity and bias training for search committees; utilized training with faculty and vice presidential searches.

iii. Monuments Committee established and nearing completion of inventory of historic markers, artwork and named spaces; Board of Trustees approved revised naming policies.

iv. Working with the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) to begin a series of activities and initiatives commencing January 2022.

v. Provided on-campus training for 27 faculty during winter 2021. Submitted proposals for Center for Teaching and Learning and Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Instructor/Teaching Scholar program to the Bingham Board for evaluation.

vi. Completed updated recruiting and hiring practices and procedures. 

vii. Engaged the SEC subcommittee to focus on this objective.

3.BUndertake an updated study to determine specific strategies on pricing and related policies including, but not limited to, four-year level tuition plans for each incoming class.complete
  • A pricing study was completed, though the response rate was low. 
  • Evaluating research, path forward in light of national trend towards increasing discount rates.
3.CEnhance and promote existing premier scholarships along models such as the Morehead-Cain program.

partially complete

Proposals drafted for implementation for fall 2021 recruiting cycle for entering class of 2022.  Next steps include: 

  • Expanding candidate pools.
  • Enhancing academic year and summer experiences for scholarship holders.
  • Increasing marketing of program.
  • Developing and utilizing alumni network.
  • Addressing staffing needs to accomplish items 1-4.
3.D

Develop plans for Teaching and Learning Center for implementation in 2021.

partially completeProposal submitted to Bingham Board and is being evaluated.
3.E

Complete submission of materials for SACSCOC reaffirmation visit in fall 2021.

completeRequired materials submitted in February, off-site review completed in April, and advisory visit completed in May. Preparing for a full site visit in September.
3.F

Complete preparation of materials for QEP and focused report for SACSCOC in fall 2021.

completeQEP required materials submitted for consideration.
3.G

Complete NCAA Self-Study and Certification process.

completeDocumentation and supporting materials, including completion of Title IX analysis, was submitted on Jan. 21, 2021.
3.H

Develop recommendations for, and begin implementation of, revised utilization of Bingham Trust resources consistent with the Bingham Trust.partially completeStrategic planning retreat for Bingham Trust board members completed; proposals for consideration submitted and currently being evaluated.
3.IDevelop comprehensive programs for onboarding faculty, staff and trustees for implementation in 2021.completeOnboarding program implemented for new trustees. Faculty and staff programs developed and approved for implementation in 2021-22 academic year.
3.JImplement new Title IX federal mandates including training and education for the campus community.complete
  • Updated University policies and procedures to meet federal deadline of Aug. 14, 2020.
  • Developed and delivered training for all investigators and hearing board members.
  • Developed and delivered training for all appeals officers.

complete Completed partially complete In progress