The Inclusive Excellence Framework

The Dimensions of Inclusive Excellence at RIT

The model for Inclusive Excellence at RIT has four dimensions:

  1. Access and Success,
  2. Campus Climate and Intergroup Relations
  3. Education and Scholarship
  4. Institutional Infrastructure.

This framework should be conceptualized as a matrix of integrated initiatives designed to achieve institutional excellence infused with evidence of diversity and inclusion. Each dimension of the model represents an area in which initiatives are designed to achieve excellence. For planning and implementation purposes, information needs to be collected and analyzed, and programs and policies need to be modified or developed to address deficiencies within each dimension. The dimensions create a framework that helps the institution monitor the progress of diversity and inclusion efforts to ensure that they remain integrated, intentional and central to the core mission of the university.

The goals, objectives, strategies and indicators outlined below are intended to guide the actions of appropriate university units, including senior management areas, colleges, departments, and programs, in the delivery of initiatives, policies, and practices that advance diversity and inclusion. To coincide with the timeframe associated with the University Strategic Plan, initiatives outlined in this framework include the current year (2010) to 2015. As this framework is implemented, the creation of indicators for each of the four dimensions will result in an annual report to the RIT Board of Trustees that will include accomplishments, deficiencies, and plans for adjustments of efforts. The report associated with this plan will be presented annually, beginning in April 2011, to the Diversity Committee of the Board of Trustees. (The annual census dates for students and employees occur in the fall, and an April reporting deadline would provide time for proper data collection and analysis.)

Indicators included in this plan draw on existing datasets wherever possible, especially those reports submitted to state or federal authorities that use standardized definitions and may allow cross-institutional comparisons. Institutional and national surveys of faculty, staff, and students provide important information for monitoring progress, guiding continuous improvement, and benchmarking against others when possible. Many units on campus participate in collecting and analyzing data cited below, including Institutional Research, Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Human Resources, Graduate Studies, as well as the Chief Diversity Office.