Equity Scorecard  


The Equity Scorecard is a comprehensive report that assesses how well our university is serving its students of color in four key areas: access, retention, excellence, and institutional receptivity.

The Equity Scorecard process was developed by Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon and is administered through the University of Southern California's Center for Urban Education (CUE). Since its creation, the process has been implemented at a number of universities and colleges across the nation, including the UW System. In 2005, six UW institutions piloted the Equity Scorecard process: UW-Colleges, UW-La Crosse, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, and UW-Whitewater. These institutions have completed the Equity Scorecard process, and the second cohort of UW institutions began the process in 2008. UW-Eau Claire belongs to this second cohort, which also includes UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior.

Equity Scorecard is a data-driven process that uses existing data on admissions, graduation rates, GPA, and other fields to identify achievement gaps for African American, American Indian, Southeast Asian American, Asian American, and Hispanic/Latino(a) students, groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. An institution's Equity Scorecard evidence team analyzes this data, disaggregated by race, to find "equity gaps": instances of under representation and overrepresentation of students of color in specific "measures" such as university enrollment yields, academic major and program admissions, financial aid distribution, Dean's list recognition, etc. The evidence team then attempts to understand why these gaps might exist and be perpetuated by campus culture and practice. The goal of the team is not to solve the "problem" of inequity; it is to define the problem of inequity. The Equity Scorecard is an organizational-learning tool intended to initiate self-assessment and dialogue; it can lead to organizational change by motivating institutional leaders to respond to known inequities with purposeful actions.

The UW-Eau Claire Evidence Team

The Equity Scorecard takes a team-based approach to data analysis, in contrast to the typical centralized data collection and analysis model. The university-wide composition of the Equity Scorecard team facilitates organizational learning.

Members of the UW-Eau Claire Equity Scorecard team represent all four colleges, the Academic Skills Center, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Affirmative Action Office. In addition to the members from the UW-Eau Claire community, two facilitators from UW System administration consult with the team and attend every team meeting.

  • David Shih, Associate Professor, Department of English (Team Leader)
  • Robin Beeman, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing
  • Scott Lester, Professor, Department of Management and Marketing
  • Andy Nelson, Institutional Planner, Office of Institutional Research
  • Teresa O’Halloran, Assistant to the Chancellor, Affirmative Action Office
  • Gail Scukanec, Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences
  • Patti See, Senior Student Services Coordinator, Educational Support Services, and Senior Lecturer, Women’s Studies
  • Marty Wood, Professor, Department of English
  • Salvador Carranza, Senior Institutional Planner, UW System Administration
  • Christine Navia, Institutional Planner, UW System Administration


Leading up to the appearance of the final Equity Scorecard, the evidence team will issue interim reports on the four perspectives of the Equity Scorecard process. Links to these reports will appear on this webpage in the Reports section below. Each perspective is listed below, along with sample measures that might be addressed in the interim reports.

  • Access: Enrollment, financial aid, majors, departments/schools, internships, fellowships, courses, undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools
  • Retention: Persistence, course-taking patterns, degree completion
  • Excellence: Course grades, GPA, honors/awards, program participation (e.g. study abroad)
  • Institutional Receptivity: Diversity of faculty, staff, and administrators; educational environment and climate

Reports (campus login required)