Penn State Intercom......November 8, 2001

External reviewing team finishes
evaluation of University's
diversity efforts, programs

A team of external reviewers has completed a three-day visit to the University, conducting an independent evaluation of affirmative action and the diversity programs at the University. The three reviewers met with senior administrators; academic deans; campus administrators; faculty; a wide variety of student organizations; staff from the Affirmative Action, Student Affairs and Educational Equity offices; representatives of the Commission for Women, Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equity and the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity; college minority program directors; and the Forum on Black Affairs.

"The team's purpose was to gather as much input as possible about the programs and services available here and about the perceptions of students, faculty and staff about the positive and negative aspects of current efforts at the University," said Janis Jacobs, vice president for administration, who coordinated the visit. The final report is expected to be completed by the end of fall semester.

Team members are: Eric J. Jolly, vice president and senior scientist at the Education Development Center; Shirley Malcolm, head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and Paulette Granberry Russell, senior adviser to the president for diversity and director of Affirmative Action, Compliance and Monitoring at Michigan State University.