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UW-River Falls Inclusive Excellence Goals

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is deeply committed to supporting a learning and living environment in which all students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcomed and respected.  This commitment is reflected in one of our university's core values:

INCLUSIVENESS.  We commit to a community of mutual respect, professional behavior, academic freedom and appreciation of individual differences and rich cultural diversity.

The Inclusive Excellence Goals for UW-River Falls target the year 2020 to align with the institution's strategic enrollment management objectives. The guiding vision for these goals is supported by the long-term aspirations at the heart of the University's strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction.

These goals were submitted to UW System on August 8, 2014 as part of their ongoing strategy to ensure system-wide commitment to Inclusive Excellence. 

 

 

GOAL #1 - Increase the overall headcount of under-represented minority (URM)* students at UW-River Falls by 20% from 437 to 525 by the fall of 2020

Progress

Number of URM Students 2016


*= Under-represented minority (URM) students include all who have indicated belonging to the following racial or ethnic groups: African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino(a), or Southeast Asian alone or in combination with other races/ethnicities.

Ways we are supporting pursuit of Goal #1

  • Multicultural Admissions Recruiter
  • Pathways Program
  • Opportunity Scholarships
  • Pre-College Initiatives
  • Upward Bound Program
  • Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Aspire program, focusing on students of color and/or low-income and first generation students

GOAL #2 - Decrease the 1st to 2nd year retention rate equity gap between all and URM* first-time first-year students at UW-River Falls by ten percent by the fall of 2020 (three year average)

The URM retention rate at UWRF has fluctuated significantly, so an average baseline of 52% has been established to be compared to an average baseline retention rate for all students of 71%.  Thus, we seek to decrease the "equity gap" from 19% to 9%.  For example, if the overall retention rate in 2020 was 76%, our URM retention goal would be 67%.

Progress

Retention

*= Under-represented minority (URM) students include all who have indicated belonging to the following racial or ethnic groups: African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino(a), or Southeast Asian alone or in combination with other races/ethnicities.

Ways we are supporting pursuit of Goal #2

  • Center of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • McNair Scholars/SSS program
  • Aspire program, ofcusing on students of color and/or low-income and first-generation students
  • Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant (LUMRG)
  • Identity-based student clubs & organizations
  • Diversity & Inclusivity Committee (Faculty Senate)

GOAL #3 - Increase the percentage of the UW-River Falls workforce composed of faculty and staff of color to 8% by 2020

Progress

Percent of workforce composed of faculty/staff of color

*Includes the following Race/Ethnicity designations: African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino(a), or Two or More Races.

Ways we are supporting pursuit of Goal #3

  • Affirmative Action Planning and Compliance
  • Diversity & Inclusivity Committee and Affirmative Action Committee (Faculty Senate)
  • Expand recruitment avenues by utilizing publications in Twin Cities communities of color
  • Frequent communication with Multicultural/Disadvantaged (MD) Coordinators in UW System about opportunities