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NERCHE Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Higher Education

NERCHE’s Self-Assessment Rubric was designed to assist members of the higher education community in gauging the progress of their diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts on their campus. The rubric was originally developed by a project work team that emerged from NERCHE’s fromer Multicultural Affairs Think Tank. The initial format was adapted from Andrew Furco’s Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Service Learning in Higher Education, which was in turn based on the Kecskes/Muyllaert Continuums of Service Benchmark Worksheet. The language to explain the usage of this rubric also comes primarily from the work of Furco.

The self-assessment rubric contains six dimensions, each of which includes a set of components that characterize the dimension. These represent the key areas for campuses to examine in order to institutionalize diversity, equity, and inclusion.

NERCHE Self-Assessment Rubric

Worksheet for NERCHE Self-Assessment Rubric
This worksheet is designed to help instituions identify the stage that best represents the current status of their diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts within each rubric dimension and to capture corresponding indicators (evidence).

If you are interested in receiving more information about the Institutional Diversity Rubric, please contact Alane Shanks at


The Institutional Diversity Rubric Workgroup was a subgroup of NERCHE’s former Multicultural Affairs Think Tank.

Workgroup Members:

Judy Kirmmse
Connecticut College

Raquel Ramos
Wheaton College

Mable Millner
College of the Holy Cross

Ande Diaz
Roger Williams University

Glenn Gabbard
University of Massachusetts Boston

Jacinda Felix Haro
Suffolk University

Melvin Wade
University of Rhode Island

William T. Lewis Sr.
Virginia Tech

Kristal Enter
University of Massachusetts Boston