Academic Affairs

Academic & Inclusive Excellence

Academic Affairs

The following documents demonstrate how the schools are focusing on the strategic goal of academic and inclusive excellence in their areas.

First-Year Council Report

View the First-Year Council Report

The First-Year Council Report demonstrates how First-Year academic courses are strengthening diversity and inclusion content. Achievements include:

  • curricular goals and student learning outcomes have been revised so that diversity and inclusion are integral;
  • new teaching materials have been created and curated for instructors, along with training/orientation for all instructors around inclusive excellence;
  • new textbooks and other readings for students have been assigned with an eye to ensuring appropriate diversity of sources, authors, and represented voices; and
  • new assignments and evaluative criteria have been added that speak specifically to cultural competency.

Diversity Requirement Revision

View the Evolution of Diversity Perspectives Goals/Outcomes

Faculty updated the curricular goals and student learning outcomes for the US and Global Diversity requirements so that they were more narrowly tailored to what we wanted them to achieve. More than 120 courses were reviewed, with a total of 89 individual courses approved (sometimes after meaningful and collegial back-and-forth with the instructors), and include 41 new courses added to the curriculum.

Diversity Action Plans

These plans demonstrate how schools are focusing on the strategic goal of academic and inclusive excellence in their areas. Each Plan covers the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, hiring, and student recruitment, with appropriate targets and goals set within each.

Ad Hoc Cultural Competency Committee 2015 Summary Report

View the November 3, 2015 Summary Report of Initiatives to Increase Cultural Competency Among Faculty and Students report.

On April 28, 2015, approximately 100-200 students walked out of classes and staged a teach-in during Faculty Assembly. Student representatives shared a number of personal stories that detailed how the campus climate negatively impacted their learning environment.

In response, the faculty voted on May 5, 2015 to create an Ad Hoc Cultural Competency Committee to review the students' request and identify ways to improve campus climate, address training needs, and assess existing coursework for inclusion and diversity.

In addition to the development of the faculty committee, each of the academic departments convened to discuss what steps must be taken at the department level.

Lastly, the administration, namely via the Social Justice Center, convened meetings with faculty and staff throughout the College and developed a multi-pronged plan as to how their office will be addressing this issue in the future.

The report summarizes the planned activities and responses of each of the above groups. It is an initial summary of planned activities and is not all-inclusive of all diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the College. The goal of the report is strictly to summarize a variety of discussions and future planning that is currently underway. It is the first step in a longer planning process.