Each UW institution defines educational goals in their mission statements
and diversity plans. To meet these goals instiutions establish strategies,
or plans of actions, which identify the concrete steps they will undertake
to achieve the broader educational goals.
The following four-step process can be used to maintain the fit between
institutional and diversity goals and promote compliance with federal law.
(The following was developed by Arthur Coleman and presented as part of
a College Board sponsored seminar entitled "National Seminar on Admissions
(Selection) & Federal Law", held November 16 & 17, 2005, in Chicago,
STEP ONE: Inventory and Assemble (Know Your Program)
- Collect, assemble and inventory all policies and programs designed to support
institutional diversity goals, including all admissions, financial aid,
outreach, recruitment, and retention policies and programs that bear on
- Assemble an interdisciplinary team which includes institutional leadership
and appropriate stakeholders to evaluate policies and programs in view of
institutional goals and legal requirements.
STEP TWO: Justify (Clearly Define Goals)
- Establish or reinforce clearly defined, institutionally- specific, mission-driven, diversity goals.
- Clarify whom the institution seeks to attract and how that correlates with
- Assemble evidence of action on diversity goals through policies, appropriate
research studies, and statements from leaders or employers that amplify the
benefits of a diverse student body.
STEP THREE: Assess (Evaluate Program Design)
- Periodically evaulate all diversity-related programs to determine the need to use
race-conscious practices, and consider whether appropriate race-neutral alternatives exist to achieve the goals.
- Review programs to determine their necessity and fit to the institution's mission
and educational goals.
- Review programs to ensure the use of race is done in a manner where applicants receive an individualized holistic review where
diversity is not defined solely in terms of race.
- Review programs in light of having no harm or disadvantage accrue to those
who are not the beneficiaries of a race-conscious policy.
- Ensure that race-conscious programs and policies have clear duration and
are used no longer than needed to meet educational goals.
STEP FOUR: Act (Take Necessary Action Steps)
- Gather evidence to determine if certain programs are advancing diversity and educational
goals as intended.
- As goals are met, take steps to modify programs as needed
to reflect new circumstances.
- Establish reviews to ensure race is used in the most limited
way possible while still advancing diversity goals.