The Equity Dashboard Project
The Equity Dashboard project is a partnership between UIC's Office of Diversity, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic and Enrollment Services.
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What is the Equity Dashboard?
While the numbers of underrepresented minority (URM) and first-generation students attending colleges and universities have increased substantially over time, “gaps in college graduation by race and income have remained steady or widened” (Farrington et al. 2012).
Put simply, underrepresented students on average, are not thriving at colleges and universities—including at UIC—compared to their counterparts. Prevailing explanations for such inequities have focused on college readiness and financial issues, situating responsibility for success solely within the individual student. Evidence suggests, however, that additional factors such as campus climate and academic and social support are crucial to student retention and graduation. Understanding the complexity of student success required shifting away from deficit-minded perspectives of students towards one of equity-mindedness. This is the basic premise of the Equity Dashboard Project.
Drawing on campus-wide data, the Equity Dashboard Project is designed to (1) raise awareness of equity gaps between students UIC and (2) support colleges in bridging those gaps by focusing on the ways in which we, as an institution, are promoting and/or hindering student success.
Access measuring/comparing key inputs across groups including:
Application, admission, enrollment volume
Achievement measuring/comparing key outcomes across groups including:
Retention and graduation outcomes
ABC and DFW rates by course
Inclusion emotional/psychological aspects of how students interact with UIC including:
Campus climate continuums
Academic and social supports
Comfort expressing views
Having quality interactions on campus
Engagement behavioral aspects of how students interact with UIC, including:
Time spent in a typical week
Balancing school and life
Student interactions with academic, co-curricular activities
Participation in clubs, student orgs, undergraduate research
A series of dynamic Tableau dashboards presenting key indicators of student success along four dimensions: Access, Achievement, Inclusion, and Engagement.
Dashboards will allow users to slice-and-dice data using a variety of filters so that more granular insights are available alongside campus-wide data.
Core filters that will be included in each dashboard whenever possible include: student type/level; IPEDS race/ethnicity; gender; URM status; UIC college; first-generation status; pell eligibility status.
First Year Retention Rate
the rate at which full-time, first year or new transfer students enrolled in the fall, remained registered for the following fall semester.
Two Year Graduation Rate
the rate at which transfer students enrolled in the fall, graduated by the end of their second academic year. Graduation is counted through the summer of the second year.
Four Year Graduation Rate
the rate at which transfer students or full-time, first year students enrolled in the fall, graduated by the end of their fourth academic year. Graduation is counted through the summer of the fourth year.
Six Year Graduation Rate
the rate at which full-time, first year students enrolled in the fall, graduated by the end of their sixth academic year. Graduation is counted through the summer of the sixth year.
neither parent(s) nor legal guardian has attended college (NCES definition). First generation data only exists starting with fall 2013 and for incoming first-time students.
according to IPEDS recommendations for reporting graduation and retention rates, with unknown gendered students added to the ‘Men’ category. For Application, Admit, Enrollment and DFW data, gender is reported as is.
Under-represented minority status (URM)
students who identify themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander or a multi-race combination of any of these.
Other minority status
students who identify themselves as Asian or multi-race Asian/White.
students who identify themselves as White.
students who have received a Pell grant during their first term of enrollment at UIC.
College at Entry
the college in which students were admitted to during their first fall term. This is used to report student application and enrollment in the Access Dashboard and to report student retention and graduation rates in the Achievement Dashboard.
the college/department students were enrolled in during a specific term of enrollment. This is used to report student DFW rates in the Achievement Dashboard.
the college/department offering the course. This is used to report student DFW rates in the Achievement Dashboard.
Graduation rates may vary slightly than historical reports. Starting in the fall of 2014, graduation rates were frozen. Therefore, prior to this, late degrees are included in the graduation counts.
DFW data excludes satisfactory/unsatisfactory courses and credit/no credit course grades.
Farrington, C.A., Roderick, M., Allensworth, E., Nagaoka, J., Keyes, T.S., Johnson, D.W., & Beechum, N.O. (2012). Teaching adolescents to become learners. The role of noncognitive factors in shaping school performance: A critical literature review. Chicago: University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Equity Dashboard?
The Equity Dashboard compiles institutional data in an objective way and allows for reporting in disaggregation format. This format allows for comparison across various student characteristics or attributes. The Equity Dashboard is intended as a tool to assist in understanding where inequities exist.
The Equity Dashboard does not provide ‘how’ or ‘why’ disparities in indicators exist, just that they exist. The Dashboard may prompt more detailed analysis of a particular indicator to better understand source of gaps.
Where does the data for the Dashboard come from?
There are currently two primary sources of data:
- Student data from application, enrollment and academic records stored in the BANNER student data system and extracted to the student data warehouse. Equity Dashboard team members compiled the data for the presentation in the Access and Achievement sections of the Dashboard.
- A climate survey of undergraduate students was administered in spring 2019. Data from the survey are reported in the Inclusion and Engagement sections of the Dashboard. A full report on the survey will be made available in the near future. A survey of graduate and professional students is planned for a later date.
When are the data in the Dashboard going to be updated?
Access and Achievement data will be updated annually after Fall enrollment census.
The Inclusion and Engagement components will be updated every two years (based on a biennial administration of the student survey).
What populations are included? When will graduate student data be added?
Access dashboards include undergraduate and graduate/professional level data.
Achievement, Engagement, and Inclusion dashboard are predominantly undergraduate. Some versions of graduate/professional data will be added after the pilot year.
What data from this project will be publicly available on the web?
None of the Equity Dashboards are currently publicly available. There is consideration for a ‘public’ version of the Dashboard to be made available at a later date.
What are options for disaggregation of the data?
The data can be sorted by College of enrollment, gender, and race/ethnicity as reflected and available in the student record. A recoding of the race/ethnicity allows for a broader racial/ethnic sort of URM and Other Minority (see Data Dictionary for more information).
Who can I contact for more information?
For general information on the Equity Dashboard, contact Michelle Manno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To with with the Equity Dashboard implementation team, contact Amalia Pallares at email@example.com.