In 2005, the UW System began a partnership with the USC Center for Urban Education (CUE) to use the Equity Scorecard (EqS) as an on-going tool to improve access and outcomes for students from historically underrepresented populations.
Institutions participating in the Equity Scorecard established Evidence Teams comprised of institutional faculty and staff that worked with Center for Urban Education (CUE) to identify changes in organizational cultures, policies, and practices that would promote greater equity in student outcomes. The Evidence Teams accomplished this goal by examining institutional data for inequities, conducting inquiries activities (e.g., interviews, environmental scans, additional quantitative analysis, etc.) to provide context for any identified equity gaps, and generating recommendations for practice.
Institutions in the UW System volunteered to participate in one of three cohorts. The cohorts were created to allow the faculty and consultants at CUE to support the organizational learning occurring at each institution participating in the Equity Scorecard process. While CUE provided a template for inquiry, the Equity Scorecard process at each institution was ultimately structured and implemented by the institutional Evidence Teams. Reports, supporting materials, and additional information on each of the institutional teams may be found in the Institutional EqS Websites and Reports.
Ideally, institutional engagement with the Equity Scorecard will not end with the implementation of the recommendations outlined in each institutional report. The Equity Scorecard process may be repeated and refocused to identify additional inequities and opportunities for organizational change. Ultimately, the goal of the iterative process is to ensure that the questions, mindsets, and frameworks that guide the Equity Scorecard inquiry are absorbed into the daily practices of departments, divisions, individuals, and institutions.