Equity Scorecard

Purpose & Overview

Equity scorecard graphic with key performance indicatorsThe Equity Scorecard is an instrumental tool for creating greater awareness of, and accountability for, equity gaps across key facets of our institutions and system which are relevant to impacting equity, diversity, and inclusion. The approach includes a holistic view focus on measurable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which together aim to help campus leaders foster institutional change through data-informed decision making.


Conceptualization of the Equity Scorecard began in 2019. The Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) recognized the need for an integrated approach which utilizes data in a strategic manner to help Minnesota State understand the “health” of our institutions and system from an equity standpoint. The research of the USC Rossier Center for Urban Education (CUE) and their adaptive Equity Scorecard process, Dr. Damon Williams’ work on Strategic Diversity Leadership (2013), and the examination of various higher education and private industry scorecard models informed our approach.

In 2020, OEI established a cross-functional working group comprised of system- and campus-level partners from Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Legal, Human Resources, Finance, Equity & Inclusion, Enrollment Management, Institutional Research/Institutional Effectiveness, and Information Technology to undertake the development of the Equity Scorecard and corresponding Key Performance/Key Equity Indicators. 

Due to the scale of our system and the complex nature of equity work, it necessitated taking a phased approach to this work. Key considerations included: fostering understanding around basic principles, key terms, and tenants of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI); building capacity to engage in conversations tied to equity, at both an individual and organizational level; acclimating stakeholders to equity-minded data disaggregation; and examining our data infrastructure and data needs.

It is important to note that we recognize the need to examine inequities for other identities beyond race, gender, and socioeconomic status. For example, ability status, LGBTQ+ identity, gender beyond binary M/F, veterans, different ethnicities, and others all warrant attention. Collectively, the Minnesota State system and the Equity Scorecard working group are examining considerations related to data privacy as well as gaps in our systemwide data collection practices for various groups.

The Minnesota State Equity Scorecard focuses on six (6) Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), two (2) of which are still in development. The KPIs include:
KPI 1: Student Success
KPI 2: Compositional Diversity
KPI 3: Employee Retention and Development
KPI 4: Supplier Diversity
KPI 5: Equity Strategy & Action (in development)
KPI 6: Campus Climate (in development)


The dynamic Equity Scorecard dashboard is available and accessible by Minnesota State employees. It is important to note that this tool continues to evolve. The Equity Scorecard workgroup will continue its work to further build out the Key Performance Indicators and develop additional metrics in conjunction with our system and campus constituents, as well as identifying options for making the Equity Scorecard public-facing.  

For information about the Equity Scorecard please reach out to Dr. Tarnjeet Kang, Director of Equity Assessment, at tarnjeet.kang@minnstate.edu

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