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Equity Scorecard project enters new phase

MSU Denver’s ongoing Equity Scorecard project is entering a new phase: Equity in Excellence.

April 22, 2013

By Donna Fowler

MSU Denver’s ongoing Equity Scorecard project, which President Stephen Jordan emphasizes as foundational to the University’s Hispanic Serving Institution initiative and its vision of preeminence, is entering a new phase: Equity in Excellence.

The purpose of the Equity Scorecard project is to enhance equity in educational outcomes among racial-ethnic groups. It is a program of the Center for Urban Education (CUE) in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

In 2004, CUE brought together 14 California institutions and asked the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to suggest two institutions from other western states to pilot the project. MSU Denver and Fort Lewis College were selected.

With diversity and inclusive excellence being a core value of the University, the Equity Scorecard has been gauging the status of inequities at the University in four areas:  access, retention, academic excellence and institutional receptivity.

“Eight years ago I asked that we hold up a mirror up to ourselves as an institution and ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to further true opportunity and student success,” says Jordan.  “In some ways we have come far— for instance we’ve increased our Latino student enrollment to 19.5 percent since the start of the HSI initiative.  “But we must continue to be innovative and persistent in our goals, particularly those in our 2012-17 Strategic Plan. This next phase of the Equity Scorecard project will help inform our efforts going forward.”

The two-year Equity in Excellence phase broadens the project to include analysis and recommendations regarding Colorado state policy. It will focus on issues specific to urban areas and includes the University of Colorado Denver and Community College of Aurora.

“A critical element to this phase is the creation of action plans that outline concrete steps for reaching equity targets,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Vicki Golich. “It will build on the benchmarks set previously on a variety of measures regarding the extent to which MSU Denver reflected the demographics of its service area and was succeeding in the retention and graduation of all students.

“This project aligns with the University’s 2012-17 Strategic Plan‌, our Colorado Commission on Higher Education performance plan and our HSI initiative.”

The University’s CUE Evidence Team for the project includes the following members:

Team Leaders:

Ramon Del Castillo, professor and chair, Chicano Studies Department
Lunden MacDonald, interim director, Center for Faculty Development
Cynthia Armendariz, director, Excel Program
Judi Diaz-Bonacquisti, associate vice president for enrollment services
Bridgette Coble, director, Career Services
Cindy Hejl, director, Financial Aid
Henry Jackson, assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology
Steven Lee, staff psychologist, Counseling Center
Dave Ruch, chair, Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department, professor of mathematics
Ted Shin, associate professor of industrial design
Stefanie Sutrina, assistant director, Institutional Research
Jane Chapman Vigil, professor of English

Alternates:

Hsiu-Ping Liu, associate professor of biology
Winston Grady-Willis, professor and chair, African and African American Studies Department