Since the summer of 2011 when the UK Board of Trustees adopted the 2011-2015 UK Diversity Plan (available for download here), the colleges and student support units have supported us in building out the narrative for the annual update reports.
It’s that time of year again, and we are asking for you to send in some narrative to help us describe what you are doing (and plan to do) to support our community’s efforts in embracing and nurturing our collective commitment to diversity. We’re not looking for a list of activities or programs that occur but a statement on how a key effort is successful (or not) and why. We want to be able to describe HOW we best foster diversity and WHETHER or not that program closes our retention/graduation achievement gaps.
University of Kentucky Strategic Plan, 2009-14
|Objective 4.1 Promote inclusive excellence across the University.|
|Strategy 4.1.1 Establish a common understanding of diversity and inclusion.
Strategy 4.1.2 Adopt an organizational structure that makes explicit the shared responsibility of the entire community for inclusive excellence.
Strategy 4.1.3 Develop an evaluation strategy for assessing the University’s progress in achieving greater diversity and inclusion in all its endeavors.
|Objective 4.2 Promote curricular and co-curricular transformation that recognizes the educational advantages of diversity.|
|Strategy 4.2.1 Develop a coherent and focused University- and unit-level implementation strategy for achieving greater diversity and inclusion in curricular and co-curricular activities.
Strategy 4.2.2 Establish clearly defined expectations, incentives, interventions, and accountability measures as key components of the diversity and inclusion strategy.
|Objective 4.3 Enhance campus/community collaborations in areas where opportunities exist to build diversity and increase inclusion.|
|Strategy 4.3.1 Establish a plan for better internal and external communication with respect to the University’s diversity efforts.
Strategy 4.3.2 Develop partnerships with local, regional, and statewide organizations that promote inclusion and academic excellence.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s Diversity Policy requires our annual assessment reports to address four areas:
- Student Body Diversity;
- Student Success/Closing the Achievement Gap;
- Workforce Diversity, and;
- Campus Climate.
The Division of Undergraduate Education works with colleges and student support units to help provide some of the narrative about undergraduates in the first two areas of the University’s annual report. Here are the past reports UK has submitted to CPE:
- 2010-2012 (submitted in November 2012)
- 2011-2012 to 2012-2013 (submitted November 2013)
- 2012-2013 to 2013-2014 (submitted December 2014)
Please send in your contributions to Randolph Hollingsworth (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Bethany Miller (email@example.com).