DEI Strategic Plan - Goal 4

Goal 4: Develop curricular and co-curricular options aimed at providing diverse educational experiences, developing intercultural competency, and improving diverse student recruiting and retention

Progress Key:  On track /   Delayed or postponed /  Past due or incomplete /  Unassigned or not started

 

Progress Overview: Goal 4 (4.1-4.2)
Initiative Status
4.1.1 Unassigned / Not Started
4.1.2 Unassigned / Not Started
4.1.3 Unassigned / Not Started
4.1.4 Unassigned / Not Started
4.1.5 Unassigned / Not Started
4.2.1 Unassigned / Not Started

 

 

 

Progress Overview: Goal 3 (4.3-4.6)
Initiative Status
4.3.1 Unassigned / Not Started
4.4.1 Unassigned / Not Started
4.4.2 Unassigned / Not Started
4.5.1 Unassigned / Not Started
4.6.1 Unassigned / Not Started
4.6.2 Unassigned / Not Started

 

 

4.1. Incentivize development of inclusive, multicultural and diverse curricula across programs 

4.1.1. Core curriculum committee will urge faculty to include a DEI statement in proposals for approval, explaining how the content or delivery of the course will enhance, support or adhere to MSU Texas DEI values statement or DEI strategic plan 
Time to completion: Fall 2022 
Additional resources needed: No initial financial or material resources anticipated  
Responsible for completion: Core curriculum committee 
Measure of success: 80% of approved courses from the committee will have added a DEI plan and statement.  

4.1.2. New program curricular offerings will include a diversity statement, explaining how the content or delivery of the course will enhance, support or adhere to MSU Texas DEI values statement or DEI strategic plan 
Time to completion: Fall 2022 
Additional resources needed: No initial financial or material resources anticipated  
Responsible for completion: Academic Council and Registrar’s office 
Measure of success:  90% of all new approved courses will comply with the above requirement.  

4.1.3. Recognize and provide credit in the tenure and promotion process for faculty who promote diversity in their teaching content, has modified instruction for diverse populations, has modified content of a course to include multi-cultural or diversity topics, developed new courses focused on DEI topics and issues, actively participated in service promoting DEI with students and the community, or actively conducted research focused on DEI related issues. 
Time for completion: Fall 2021 
Additional resources needed: No initial financial or material resources anticipated  
Responsible for completion: Provost office, Tenure and Promotion Review Committee 
Measure of success:  Revised policy for tenure and promotion will include clear language recognizing faculty work and contribution as explained above. 
*Action Update: Updates (September 2021) to the tenure and promotion policy (OP 06.05 - Faculty Tenure and Promotion) related to evaluation criteria encourage faculty to document efforts to “promote diversity in their course content, modify instruction for diverse populations or to include multi-cultural or diversity topics, and/or develop new courses focused on diversity, equity and inclusion topics and issues”. Additionally, conducting research or performing service to the university that is focused on DEI is recommended. These factors are reflected in the Tenure and Promotion Handbook, as well.

 

4.1.4. First year experience program will dedicate a section of its content addressing MSU Texas DEI values, practices, opportunities, and activities available for students 
Time for completion: Fall 2022 
Additional resources needed: No initial financial or material resources anticipated  
Responsible for completion: Provost office 
Measure of success: all students in the first-year experience course will successfully complete the above-mentioned content to pass the class. 
 
4.1.5. Faculty will be encouraged to include a diversity statement in their syllabi, explaining how the delivery and content of the course will enhance, support or adhere to MSU Texas DEI values statement or DEI strategic plan. 
Time for completion: Fall 2022 
Additional resources needed: No initial financial or material resources anticipated  
Responsible for completion: Provost office, all academic units 
Measure of success: A randomized selection of publicly posted syllabi will reflect 50% of syllabi to include the above-mentioned explanation. 

4.2. Develop and require DEI training for all students 

4.2.1. Develop and require DEI training for all students, via student orientation, online modules, annual student organization trainings, and a council to MOSAIC composed by non-minority students.   
Time for completion: Spring 2023 
Additional resources: budget to obtain online training 
Responsible for completion: VP student affairs, MOSAIC 
Measure of success:  80% of students will complete a DEI training module in their first two years at MSU Texas. 

4.3. Increase the visible and physical representations of diversity on campus 

4.3.1. Assess and update campus aesthetics to be more inclusive of various identities, use dedicated campus bulletins to raise DEI awareness, continue promoting internal and external marketing and social media reflecting diversity and inclusion, and adopt a DEI standard to designate programs, services, events and activities as “DEI certificate of excellence.” 
Time for completion: Spring 2024 
Additional resources needed: dedicated budget for completion 
Responsible for completion: Facilities, colleges, MOSAIC, Marketing and Public Information, SGA, Provost office and respective VPs for student affairs, public affairsfinance, and enrollment management. 
Measure of success:  Upon a completion survey, 70% of respondents will respond to have awareness of DEI symbols on campus. 

4.4. Increase the number and recruiting of diverse student populations 

4.4.1. Create and execute a recruiting and marketing plan to increase and attract a larger and diverse student population, to include added financial aid, effective marketing, and targeted recruiting efforts 
Time for completion: Spring 2024 
Additional resources needed: additional budget for completion 
Responsible for completion: VP enrollment management, VP university advancement and public affairs 
Measure of success: MSU undergraduate enrollment will mirror or exceed the average of public, four-year institutions in ESC Regions 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18, as reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  
 
4.4.2. Increase recruiting and retention of Hispanic students aimed at meeting criteria for a Hispanic Serving Institution 
Time for completion: Spring 2024 
Additional resources needed: dedicated budget for targeted recruiting  
Responsible for completion: VP enrollment management, VP university advancement and public affairs  
Measure of success: MSU TEXAS gains HSI status and obtains external federal funding to support those operations. 

4.5Solidify institutional co-curricular activities and programs to enhance students’ inter-cultural competence, increasing their capacity to work effectively across cultural differences 

4.5.1. In coordination with 2.3.2., enhance opportunities to coordinate co-curricular activities that promote DEI values with class instruction in classes, and increase the number of activities listed in 2.3.2.  
Time for completion: Spring 2024 
Additional resources: Create a dedicated budget to support these activities 
Responsible for completion: VP student affairs, MOSAIC, VP Academic Affairs 
Measure of success: Number of DEI co-curricular that coordinate with class activities will growth in number by 10% annually for the first 2 years. 

4.6 Enhance scholarship opportunities for minority students  

4.6.1. Fund the Ernest A. Dover Jr. Scholarship Endowment and seek expanding internal and external funding to provide Black students the opportunity to have financial support. 
Time for completion: Spring 2023 
Additional resources: Funding of a minimum of $50K for an endowment fund 
Responsible for completion: VP advancement and public affairs 
Measure of success: The endowment will be established, funded.  Other funding will have been identified and in the process of being secured. 
 
4.6.2. Aggressively pursue external funding to support diverse student populations to include HSI Title V funding, DACA recipients, and other external sources of scholarship funding for minority students. 
Time for completion: Fall 2024 
Additional resources:  Funding for endowments towards minority scholarships 
Responsible for completion: VP advancement and public affairs, VP student affairs 
Measure of success:  MSU Texas will have obtained HSI status and funding.  Other funding will have been identified and in the process of being secured.