New Scale Measures a Faculty’s Commitment to Diversity

kansasFour faculty members at the University of Kansas have developed a new scale to measure the commitment to diversity of a university’s faculty. The ACES scale measures Attitudes toward diversity, Career activities related to diversity, Environment of diversity and Social interaction with diverse groups.

The survey consists of 100 questions and asks respondents to rate on a scale of 1 to 5 (from strongly disagree to strongly agree) statements about diversity as it relates to their particular campus. In a test sample, women tended to have more positive attitudes to diversity on their campus than men. Those who were not tenured or had been on campus for less than 15 years were more positive than long-time faculty members. The survey also showed that those who reported that their work dealt specifically with diversity issues were likely to give a lower score to their university than those who did not deal directly with diversity issues.

Lisa Wolf-Wendel, professor of educational leadership and policy studies and one of the four developers of the tool, stated, “Understanding how faculty view diversity is a very important piece of the higher education puzzle. I think we were able to come up with a concise, sound tool that institutions can use to measure faculty perceptions of diversity. Certainly our goal would be to get other institutions to try the instrument and find it useful.”

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Recruited for Federal Student Pathway Program for Careers in Public Service

The Pathway Public Service Program was established in 2019 to develop the next generation of diverse, qualified, and motivated public health servants. Over the past five years, the program has hired over 100 student interns.

Five Black Scholars Selected for New Faculty Positions

The five Black scholars who aer taking on new roles are Khadene Harris at Rice University in Houston, Nakia Melecio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bettina Drake at Washington University in St. Louis, Arlette Ngoubene Atioky at Goucher College in Maryland, and Kandi Hill-Clarke at the University of Memphis.

Getty Images to Preserve Digital Photo Archives at Delaware State University

Currently, Delaware State University's photo archives contain thousands of photographs taken over the course of the university's 133 year history. Thanks to a new partnership with Getty Images, those images will be digitized and made available on

Porché Spence Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Diversity in Ecology

Dr. Spence currently serves as an assistant professor of environmental studies at North Carolina A&T State University. Throughout her career, she has developed several educational programs geared towards introducing students of color to environmental science fields.

Featured Jobs