Self-Assessment & Database

ASEE’s National Gender Equity Indicators

The completed national indicators will be a database that is the result of a three phase development process.  Phase one includes the design of the EDGE College Self-Assessment Tool and formal announcement at the EDGE Action Steps Workshop.  Phase two involves identifying a pilot group of deans to provide input regarding (a) the use of the Tool, and (b) development of a subset of questions to be used for the national data set. Phase three involves software implementation to translate the current EXCEL-based Tool, into a national data collection and aggregation tool.  The three-phase Database development process allows deans access to the Tool whether or not they choose to participate in a national data collection system, and the EDGE team a means of determining dean willingness to submit gender equity data into, and foster informed buy-in for, a national data system.

Phase One (completed 8/7/19)

To develop the EDGE College Self-Assessment Tool, diversity and gender equity instruments were reviewed [e.g., the Hunter College Department Survey (2005, Valian) originally proposed as the basis for the Database; the NSF ADVANCE Toolkit  (2005, ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Indicators Working Group); the ADVANCE Gender Equity Index: Leadership Session Yr. 2, Sess. 4 (slides 11-27) (2018, Bilimoria & Jane’); APLU INCLUDES Pilot Faculty Diversity Model and Self-Assessment Tool (2017, APLU); AAAS’ SEA Change Processes & Materials (2017, AAAS);  AACU Gender Values Institutional Self-Assessment (2017, AACU); ASEE’s Engineering College Profiles & Statistics (2017, ASEE); and ASEE Diversity Recognition Programs Application and Self-Study criteria (2019, ASEE)].


The 2-part (qualitative questionnaire, and data template) APLU INCLUDES Pilot Faculty Diversity Model and Self-Assessment Tool (2017, APLU) was determined as foundation for the EDGE College Self-Assessment Tool.  Rationale for using the APLU Tool as the basis for the EDGE Tool include: the APLU Tool is the foundation for the INCLUDES Aspire national work and AAAS’ national SEA Change diversity award, and is comprehensive enough that information collected could be used to support other gender equity initiatives and awards (e.g., ADVANCE, ASEE’s Diversity Recognition program). In developing the self-assessment tool, the intention was to set college of engineering deans up to be recognized as leaders in the effort to effect gender diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Modifications to the original APLU self-assessment tool included narrowing the domain specific to:

  1. engineering,
  2. the college-level (with a supporting department-level document included),
  3. gender equity; and
  4. inclusion of questions from the ADVANCE Gender Equity Index.

The EDGE College Self-Assessment Tool resulted from an iterative process involving input from various subject matter experts (e.g., Virginia Valian, Diana Bilimoria, Liz Litzler, Emily Knaphus-Soran, and the EDGE NAB).

Announcement of the Tool was made at the EDGE Action Steps Workshop (4/10/19). The 2 part EDGE College Self-Assessment Tool can be found here.