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[Updated on February 23, 2007.]
Rockford University believes that diversity in the student body, faculty and staff is an important component in providing quality education. Diversity enriches the educational experience by encouraging dialogues between people with different experiences, beliefs and perspectives. It promotes personal growth and a healthy society. Diversity challenges stereotyped preconceptions; it encourages critical thinking. By helping to build communities whose members are judged by the quality of their character and their contributions, diversity strengthens communities and the workplace.
- Implement diversity planning, budgeting, and assessment with annual reports on accomplishments.
- Increase access to information on diversity.
- Implement and assess the degree to which the concepts of diversity are included in the formal curriculum and academic support processes.
- Implement and assess the degree to which the concepts of diversity are included in co-curricular programs and events.
- Implement and assess strategies that are designed to increase the enrollments of students from traditionally underrepresented groups.
- Implement and assess strategies that are designed to increase the retention and achievement of students from traditionally underrepresented groups.
- Implement and assess strategies that are designed to increase the recruitment and the retention of faculty and staff from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Adopted by the Rockford University Board of Trustees on March 10, 2003.