Equity Scorecard Process

Institutional EqS Websites and Reports

First Cohort
EqS initiated in 2005

Second Cohort
EqS initiated in 2008

Third Cohort
EqS initiated in 2010

In 2005, the UW System began a partnership with the USC Center for Urban Education (CUE) to use the Equity Scorecard (EqS) as an on-going tool to improve access and outcomes for students from historically underrepresented populations.

Institutions participating in the Equity Scorecard established Evidence Teams comprised of institutional faculty and staff that worked with CUE to identify changes in organizational cultures, policies, and practices that would promote greater equity in student outcomes. The Evidence Teams accomplished this goal by examining institutional data for inequities, conducting inquiries activities (e.g., interviews, environmental scans, additional quantitative analysis, etc.) to provide context for any identified equity gaps, and generating recommendations for practice.

Institutions in the UW System volunteered to participate in one of three cohorts. The cohorts were created to allow the faculty and consultants at CUE to support the organizational learning occurring at each institution participating in the Equity Scorecard process. While CUE provided a template for inquiry, the Equity Scorecard process at each institution was ultimately structured and implemented by the institutional Evidence Teams. Reports, supporting materials, and additional information on each of the institutional teams may be found in the links to the right.

Ideally, institutional engagement with the Equity Scorecard will not end with the implementation of the recommendations outlined in each institutional report. The Equity Scorecard process may be repeated and refocused to identify additional inequities and opportunities for organizational change. Ultimately, the goal of the iterative process is to ensure that the questions, mindsets, and frameworks that guide the Equity Scorecard inquiry are absorbed into the daily practices of departments, divisions, individuals, and institutions.

Transfer Equity Study

The Transfer Equity Study was initiated based on findings from the first cohort of the Equity Scorecard project. The Transfer Equity Study provided insights into the interventions needed to increase transfer rates from two- to four- year institution among minority students. Key findings of the review included insufficient systematic monitoring of and accountability for transfer outcomes, a need for a more “transfer-centric” campus culture, and the needs for more comprehensive articulation agreements between technical programs and bachelor’s programs.

CUE Transfer Equity Study Final Report
November 2010

More on the Transfer Equity Study from CUE
June 24, 2011