The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has contracted with Halualani & Associates to complete a diversity analysis during the 2016-17 academic year. Specifically, Halualani & Associates will be completing Atlas Diversity Benchmarking and Diversity Mapping for campus.
About Halualani & Associates
Halualani & Associates is a leading research and consulting organization primarily serving higher education institutions in diversity research, analytics, and consulting. Founded in 2008 by Dr. Rona T. Halualani and her brother, Roger Halualani, Halualani & Associates has mapped 35 colleges/universities around the country (ranging from small to mid to large sized, public, private, and faith based types of institutions). More information about the organization is available on their website.
June 2017 Updates
The Halualani & Associates team officially began its diversity mapping project for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in Spring 2017. (In November 2016, Dr. Halualani made a campus visit and briefed the campus community on what the diversity mapping process would entail for the following academic year.)
As of June 30, Halualani & Associates has completed the following:
- finalized the organizational structure and divisions of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for the mapping architecture;
- received word from the university’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) in Research Compliance Services that it was decided that this project “does NOT require IRB approval as it does not meet the definition of research.” IRB approval was also NOT needed because this diversity mapping project is “considered a needs assessment and will not be used to develop or contribute to generalizable information outside of UNL.”
- launched the Diversity Efforts Informational Survey (HRPP Cleared) and the Diversity Pedagogy Instrument (HRPP Cleared) in March 2017;
- finalized our key characteristic/attribute and media content analysis of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to provide a larger context for the diversity mapping;
- completed the web scraping of all diversity-related efforts for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for the 2011-2016 years.
We are currently in the process of:
- analyzing the web scraping all diversity-related efforts for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for the 2011-2016 years;
- receiving voluntary responses from university members on the Diversity Efforts Informational Survey and the Diversity Pedagogy Instrument (DPI) - thus far, the Diversity Efforts Informational Survey has received 3189 responses while the Diversity Pedagogy Instrument has garnered 339 responses — both surveys closed this month;
- receiving key documents related to diversity efforts from university members via the Diversity Efforts Informational Survey - thus far, we have received over 110 documents (fliers, diversity initiative descriptions, accreditation summaries)
- compiling information regarding the undergraduate and graduate courses in university’s current catalog offerings.
- We are currently reviewing and analyzing all collected data and will present the key findings and recommendations to the campus in Fall 2017.
- Dr. Halualani is planning to make her next visit in Fall 2017 to share key findings and insights and next action steps.
Diversity mapping refers to a process of plotting and analyzing (via 23-25 data layers) all of the current diversity efforts, programs, and courses at an institution. This enables institutions to take stock of what has already been done (and can therefore be leveraged – cost effectively) and what still remains to be done (gaps, empty zones, "opportunities for growth."). For more information, see the article published by Rona Tamiko Halualani, Hugh Haikera and Christopher Lancaster in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management.
How can campus members help with this project?
In your current role (whether student, staff member, faculty member, administrator, alumni member), you can help with this project by participating in and completing the “Diversity Efforts Survey.” This survey is accessible through the open link below and provides you with an opportunity to describe a diversity effort that you have been involved with in your unit or department at your campus within the last five years. There is an email address in that survey for you to send any key documents to Dr. Halualani’s private email address. Please note that this survey instrument was submitted to the university’s Institutional Review Board. It was decided that this project “does NOT require IRB approval as it does not meet the definition of research.” IRB approval was also NOT needed because this diversity mapping project is “considered a needs assessment and will not be used to develop or contribute to generalizable information outside of the university.”
How can we reach you with any feedback or information?
You may contact Dr. Rona Halualani directly with any feedback, information, or queries via her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlas Diversity Benchmarking
Halualani & Associates uses Atlas, its proprietary database of diversity strategies at every accredited college & university in the U.S. (approximately 7,500 institutions - public, private, 2-year, 4-year) to benchmark institutions on their work in diversity, inclusion, equity and inclusive excellence.
Leveraging the data in Atlas, H&A provides information about national trends and benchmarks institutions on their work in diversity, inclusion, equity, and inclusive excellence.
Diversity Strategy Index Series
- Existence, Quality, and Content of Diversity Master Plan Frameworks, Goals/Objectives, Design Process, Assigned Owners, Implementation Steps/Activities, Progress, Assessment/Review Process, Outcome Measures, Metrics, and Updates, Midpoint and Final Evaluations in the Last Five Years;
- Incorporation and Quality of Diversity-Related Goal/Objective in University Strategic Planning Process, Assigned Owners, Implementation Steps/Activities, Progress, Assessment/Review Process, Outcome Measures, Metrics, and Updates, Midpoint and Final Evaluations in the Last Five Years;
Diversity Infrastructure Index Series
- Diversity/Inclusion Leadership Infrastructure and Organization on Campus and Key Aspects;
- Characteristics of Diversity Leaders (Highest Degree Held, Reporting Structures, Roles and Responsibilities);
- Organizational Structure and Capacity of Diversity/Inclusion Division or Instructure
- Budget Allocations for Diversity/Inclusion on Campus (and in terms of % of larger university budget);
- Institutional Approach -Focus on Inclusive Excellence;
- Board of Trustees Focus on Diversity;
Diversity-Related Curriculum Index Series
- University learning competencies that encompass the first 5 levels of H & A's (DELTA) Diversity Engagement Learning Taxonomy Assessment (Knowledge-Awareness; Skills; Interaction; Advanced Analysis; Evaluation-Critique; Social Agency & Action; Innovative Problem Solving);
- Diversity-Related General Education Programs;
- Diversity Perspectives & Skills Woven Throughout the University Curricula (Departmental Majors & General Education);
- Curricular Integration of Diversity (Embedded in Core Subject Matter, Inquiry or Skills-based Courses – Mathematics, Writing, Critical Thinking);
- Assessment of Diversity Learning Competencies & Outcomes With Student Performed Work;
Diversity Related Professional Development Index Series
- Professional Development/Diversity Training of Faculty on Inclusive Pedagogy;
- Professional Development Training on Diversity for Staff;
- Leadership Development Training on Diversity For Administrators;
Diversifying Faculty & Staff Index Series
- Diversifying Faculty Initiative (with Training, Toolkits, Incentives);
- Faculty Retention Initiative (Efforts, Incentives);
- Employee Affinity Groups;
Peers which constitute the benchmarking comparison:
- University of Iowa
- Indiana University
- Michigan State University
- University of Michigan
- University of Kansas
Benchmarking Report Downloads
The reports from the Atlas Diversity Benchmarking are available for download here.