The Higher Education Research Institute’s (HERI) program covers a variety of topics including diversity, leadership development, institutional transformation, faculty performance, federal and state policy, and educational equity. List of publications, presentations, and dissertations that utilize data from HERI are at: http://www.heri.ucla.edu/publications-main.php
Synthesis of fifteen years of published research on campus racial climates. Also presents nine themes that emerged from a qualitative study of campus.
Shaun R. Harper and Sylvia Hurtado. (2007). Nine Themes in Campus Racial Climates and Implications for Institutional Transformation. New Directions for Student Services, 120, 7-23. http://gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/chang/S07/Week10/Harper_Hurtado.pdf
Hurtado, S., Arellano, L., Wann, C., Cuellar, M., Alvarez, C., & Colin, L. (June 2009). The Climate for Diversity: Studying Student Perceptions and Experiences in the First Year of College. Powerpoint Presentation. http://www.heri.ucla.edu/dle/downloads/AIR09_Climate_for_Diversity.pdf
Uses existing assessment in several phases.
Krishnamurthi, M. (2003). Assessing multicultural initiatives in higher educational institutions. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 8(3), 264-277.
Provides tips and tools for designing and developing effective diversity evaluations. Topics addressed include the need for assessment, designing an evaluation plan, institutional context, audience, data collection and analysis, performance indicators, and theoretical models. An appendix also includes sample assessment and evaluation tools from campuses across the country.
Nettles, M., Sedlacek, W., Smith, D., Musil, C., Hudgins, C., Garcia, M. (2002) Assessing Diversity on College and University Campuses. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2002.
This chapter considers issues related to institutional research and its potential role in the move toward an ethos of cultural democracy in higher education.
Darder, A. (1994). Institutional Research as a Tool for Institutional Democracy. New Directions for Institutional Research 81, 21–34.