Fostering diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in higher education is not just a noble aspiration but a fundamental necessity in today's world. In higher education, the need for a robust focus on DEI cannot be overstated. The landscape is evolving, and the student body as well as faculty and staff are becoming more diverse than ever, both in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic background and much more. To meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of this diverse population, institutions must continually adapt their strategies for promoting DEI.
To effectively adapt strategies, institutions must formally evaluate their progress toward DEI initiatives and objectives to ensure that intentions are being translated into meaningful actions. A lack of assessment may result in initiatives that remain stagnant, leading to a sense of futility and frustration among faculty and staff, students and other stakeholders.
The risk of not evaluating your institution's progress toward DEI goals may be substantial. To create a more inclusive and equitable environment, institutions should commit to ongoing evaluation and data-driven decision-making to ensure that impactful strides toward DEI objectives are being taken. Failure to do so can have long-term consequences for an institution's success, reputation and social impact. Some key risks include:
Baker Tilly can offer valuable support and expertise to institutions by evaluating their existing tools for monitoring progress toward DEI initiatives. Our team assesses the effectiveness and alignment of these tools with specific DEI goals, identifies gaps and provides customized recommendations for improvements.
For more information, or to learn more about how Baker Tilly can help your institution evaluate DEI program progress, contact our team.
|What we do||What you get|
|Assess the institution’s policies, resources and tools related to monitoring DEI initiatives’ progress.||A facilitated discussion with key process owners across the institution/system to gain insight into existing guidance, communication, staffing and other tools.|
|Identify the roles and responsibilities across the institution involved in the monitoring and evaluation processes.||A clear understanding of processes or collaboration efforts in place to facilitate effective progress towards goals.|
|Evaluate current procedures to assess the metrics and KPIs that align with DEI goals achievement.||Actionable recommendations to address identified gaps, challenges, risks or enhancement opportunities related to the evaluation of the institution’s progress.|