Data and Accountability
Leaders at the university need a set of simple, clear metrics to know if the campus is making progress on these diversity and inclusion goals. The following principles guide our approach to data:
- Create multidimensional benchmarks to track real progress, facilitate data-driven decision-making and support strategic priorities
- Where relevant, disaggregate demographic data to better identify populations that need attention
- Change the way data are framed around access and success factors
- Show trends over time
- Support benchmarking against peers where valid and useful
- Reflect, as much as possible, the current ways we understand ourselves, our institution, and our world
- Tell the diversity and inclusion story at UC Davis by debunking myths and highlighting critical strategies
- Identify areas for improvement in data collection
You can view some of the data that informed our Strategic Vision for Diversity and Inclusion in this Data Appendix. Our values regarding data are described here.
Within the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we are developing a data framework for understanding diversity in collaboration with units across the institution. We recognize the need to create a set of standardized reports (or dashboards) that show the campus its progress and to conduct special research projects that respond to more timeline questions and concerns. We recognize that campus-level reporting cannot answer all questions or determine the cause of certain patterns of concern. Campus reporting is intended to prompt resource allocation for further investigation. We have partnered with Institutional Analysis (IA) in an initial phase to create Diversity Profiles, a senior leadership tool that assesses how the university’s divisions, schools, and colleges are making progress toward achieving the campus goals of increasing diversity in our student body and workforce, and building a more inclusive campus community.
Please note that access to the Diversity Profiles dashboard is restricted to Deans, Vice Chancellors and their designees. For questions or access please contact Vickie Gomez.
Resources for Diversity Data
Creation of and oversight of diversity measures are distributed throughout the structure of the university, especially within divisions, colleges, schools, and departments, the key drivers of transformation and progress for the campus.
The UC Info Center provides information across the UC system, and the Annual Accountability report includes a chapter on specifically related to diversity. AggieData is the UC Davis portal for a variety of data and dashboards that provide insights related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
UC Davis Academic Affairs provides data and statistics related to Ladder Faculty and Employee Demographic Data. UC Academic Affairs also provides data and supports a number of programs related to accountability and data.
Enrollment Management Analytics oversees data related to undergraduate admissions, financial aid, and scholarships, and provides a list of resources for student data. Several other units on campus are focusing their institutional research efforts on issues related to student success, including the Center for Educational Effectiveness and the Center for Student Affairs Assessment. The Provost oversees a number of Initiatives that have addressed issues related to data, equity, and student success. The American Talent Initiative is one example of initiative that champions evidence-based efforts to identify best practices.
In compliance with Federal and State laws, UC Davis issues a Clery Act Report on crime and security and annual Affirmative Action Plans related to underutilization in the workforce of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
General resources related to the climate on our campus include (most of these resources can be found on the websites of the listed organizations):
- American College Health Association National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA)
- Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) Staff Engagement Survey
- University of California Undergraduate Engagement Survey (UCUES)
- Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey of Faculty Satisfaction
- UC Campus Climate Survey
- UC Cost of Attendance survey
- Graduate Well Being Survey.
For benchmarking data across institutions of higher education, we rely on some of the following resources (again, available on the organization's website in most cases):
- National Science Foundation Survey of Earned Doctorates
- National Science Foundation Early Career Doctorates Survey
- National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDs)
- U.S. Census and State of California Department of Finance
- Pew Research Center
- Center for Minority Serving Institutions at Rutgers
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
- Excelencia in Education
- National Academies of Sciences and Engineering Board on Science Education
With an outline of the strategic vision plan in hand, we have started to create of dynamic list of general questions to ask the data.