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Equity

Scale of Justice

"Equity derives from a concept of social justice. It represents a belief that there are some things which people should have, that there are basic needs that should be fulfilled, that burdens and rewards should not be spread too divergently across the community, and that policy should be directed with impartiality, fairness and justice towards these ends." (Falk et al. 1993, p. 2)

One of the aims of the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Multicultural Affairs is to ensure MSU is providing an equitable educational experience by identifying gaps in student success indicators primarily for underrepresented and historically marginalized student populations and proactively work to eliminate those gaps.

EIMA has established the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee whose purpose is to address issues of equity and inclusion in the pursuit of institutional effectiveness and student success. The Advisory Committee will complete a campus wide, comprehensive, and community informed process to develop an equity and inclusion framework that will provide the foundation for the development of a student equity plan.

Objectives:

  1. Identify issues of inequity through a comprehensive campus-based research project in the following areas –
    1. Enrollment
    2. Persistence and Retention
    3. Academic Performance
      1. By Colleges
      2. By Major
      3. By General Education requirement
      4. By Core Courses
    4. Degree Completion
  1. The Advisory Committee will research institutional data and practices by disaggregating data. Student performance data will be broken down by a number of indicators, including gender, race and ethnicity, which will allow the committee to understand what is and is not working for underrepresented students and to begin taking steps to reach parity in outcomes for these students.
  1. This process will allow the Advisory Committee to ask what MSU can do to improve results, which will allow the Advisory Committee to approach the problem of inequity as a solvable problem of professional practice.

For more information, equityandinclusion@mwsu.edu.