In 2006, President Daniel Papp authorized a campus-wide initiative to assess the status of diversity and equity on campus. Entitled the Diversity and Equity Assessment Initiative (DEAI), one goal was to develop diversity assessments that could inform leadership decision-making consistent with the university’s strategic plan.
The 2012–2017 Strategic Plan for KSU was used as a guideline. Goal 4 of the plan mandates that KSU “enhance the collegiate experience, and foster a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.” It also requires the establishment of baseline data that measure diversity and inclusion and afford opportunities to make improvements on campus.
To that end, in 2013, members of the university formed the Campus Culture and Climate Assessment Task Force (CCCA). The CCCA was comprised of nearly 40 faculty, staff, students, and administrators. Ultimately, KSU contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting (R&A) to conduct a campus-wide study entitled, “Assessment of Climate for Learning, Living, and Working.” Data gathering focused on the experiences and perceptions of various constituent groups. Summary findings were presented to the campus community in October of 2014.