Recognition Levels and Criteria

Bronze Level Criteria

The Bronze level recognition means that the College/School is among the nation’s leaders in inclusive excellence.  It demonstrates that the unit is committed to the following outcomes: 1) Establishing baseline support for groups underrepresented in engineering 2) Quantifiably analyzing and assessing unit composition, policies, culture, and climate related to all groups underrepresented in engineering. 3) Implementing programs and initiatives that strengthen the K-12 or community college pipeline thereby reducing significant barriers related to long-term growth. (4) Developing an action plan focused on continuous improvement.

 

It is the entry level and it is expected that most Colleges/Schools of Engineering who have signed and executed the Dean’s Diversity Pledge will enter at the Bronze level. The specific criteria are as follows:

 

  • Sign and execute the ASEE Deans Diversity Pledge
  • Have an established infrastructure at either the University or the College/School level (adjusted to meet institution size) to support diverse populations including those underrepresented in Engineering. These include First Generation, Women, Underrepresented Minorities, Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ), and Persons with Disabilities.
  • Have at least one K-12 or community college pipeline activity
  • Implement at least one additional program or initiative from the list of Proven Practices which are included in the appendix.
  • Have a Diversity and Inclusion Plan that includes phased goals that are measurable and designed to significantly improve diversity as defined for that College/School. The plan will incorporate data from the previous 3 years and an indication of what is planned for achievement in the next 3 years (in terms of continuation of existing initiatives, undertaking new initiatives, targets, etc.).

 

 

Silver Level Criteria

The Silver level recognition means that the College/School is not only among the nation’s leaders in inclusive excellence, it has demonstrated significant impact over and above those at the bronze level.  A College/School will usually apply after receiving bronze level recognition. It is recommended that a College/School remain in the bronze category a minimum of two years.   The specific criteria for the Silver Level are as follows:

 

  • Significant improvement beyond that demonstrated at the bronze level for the quantifiable metrics in three or more areas listed in their goals. Significant can be described as improvement in excess of 20% growth (best for units with smaller numbers) or significant numerical growth for units with large numbers of underrepresented students, faculty or staff.
  • Some improvement in reaching at least one additional population beyond those where it exhibited some strength at the bronze level
  • Alignment with the average of Colleges/Schools in its Carnegie Classification in at least three quantifiable diversity characteristics as described in its plan.
  • If a College or School is exhibiting significant performance in more than three areas beyond their peer group, they can request to be considered for Silver level recognition.

 

Gold Level Criteria

This is the highest level and difficult to achieve. It recognizes Colleges/Schools demonstrating transformation in College/School composition (faculty and students), policies, culture, and climate while also providing thought leadership by disseminating best practices.  Applicants should have at least one year at the Silver Level, but three years are recommended. The specific criteria for the Gold Level are as follows:

 

  • Significant improvement beyond that demonstrated at the silver level for the quantifiable metrics in three or more areas listed in their goals. Significant can be described as improvement in excess of 20% growth (best for units with smaller numbers) or significant numerical growth for units with large numbers of underrepresented students, faculty or staff.
  • Some improvement in reaching at least one additional population beyond those where it exhibited some strength at the silver level
  • Significantly exceeding the average of Colleges/Schools in its Carnegie Classification in at least five quantifiable diversity characteristics as described in its plan
  • Leadership/service to other institutions via active dissemination and evidence of providing assistance in adaptation (e.g., workshops, seminars, circuit riders, consultants, etc.)