Survey and Reports

Informed Progress

Each step forward requires a knowledge of where we have been and where we presently are. To achieve our equity, diversity, and inclusivity goals, the University of Alberta believes in taking deliberate action that is informed by the best available evidence and institutional data. On an on-going basis, the U of A will continue to evaluate its progress and report to the university community.


Student Demographic Diversity Census

At the University of Alberta we are dedicated to achieving a more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive environment for all who work, learn, and live within our community. In support of this goal, the university is launching its first-ever Student Equity Census.

The purpose of the census is to collect student demographic information. This information will enable the university to better understand the current student landscape, helping us to identify opportunities to improve supports for U of A students, and to better promote an equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture on our campuses. The census results will also serve as a baseline against which the university can measure its future efforts to promote and support equity, diversity, and inclusivity. 

The census is for all U of A students. Each student holds a distinctive perspective, and we value your participation.

Timeline

The U of A’s first-ever Student Equity Census will be administered by email to all U of A students between November 15 and December 3, 2021.

The U of A plans to conduct this survey on a periodic basis moving forward (the exact time frame is still under consideration).

Participation

All U of A students will receive the census by email. Completing this census is voluntary, and students will have the option to skip any questions that they prefer not to answer. The census consists of a short set of questions to help the university obtain a picture of student demographics, including students’ personal backgrounds and circumstances, and how students see themselves. 

The census takes less than five minutes to complete.

Data Security

Data collected from the Student Equity Census will be held confidentially and securely, separate from formal student records. For the purposes of analysis only, data will be connected to relevant student data using confidential, secure, anonymized student identifiers (not official student IDs). Access to census data will be strictly limited to those who manage the U of A's equity census. Any publicly reported results will be limited to aggregated totals to ensure that no individual can be identified.

Results

The overall census results will be shared with the U of A community when finalized, and will serve as a benchmark against which the university can measure its future efforts to promote and support equity, diversity, and inclusivity. 

Contact

Anyone with questions or concerns, is welcomed to contact equity@ualberta.ca for assistance.


Workforce Diversity Census

At the University of Alberta, we know that our work takes place in a highly diverse society, and we recognize that a diverse university workforce is needed to generate the multitude of ideas and perspectives that enrich our research, teaching, learning, and service. That's why we are committed to fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce.

To assess progress toward this goal, we are conducting a demographic census every three years to collect data on relevant equity, diversity, and inclusion measures. The resulting data will be used to conduct statistical analysis and to identify areas where we may not be meeting our desired objectives.

Timeline

The initial survey was conducted in Fall 2019, with new employees invited to participate quarterly.

The U of A will conduct this survey every 3 years.

Data Security

Data collected via the Workforce Diversity Census will be held confidentially and securely, separate from formal employment records. For the purposes of conducting analysis only, data will be connected to relevant employment data using confidential, secure, anonymized staff identifiers ( not official employee IDs). Access will be strictly limited to those who manage the U of A's equity census. Any publicly reported results will be limited to aggregated totals; that is, findings will only be presented for groups of people to ensure that no individual can be identified.

Participation

The census consists of a short set of questions to help the university understand how employees identify in each instance. Completing this census is entirely voluntary, and employees will have the option to decline to answer any of the questions.

The census takes less than five minutes to complete.

Results

Results of each census will be shared as they become available. The 2019 results were released in March 2021* serve as a benchmark for future statistical analysis and to identify areas where we may not be meeting our desired objectives. 

View the 2019 results.

*The preparation of the 2019 results were delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact

Anyone with questions or concerns, is welcomed to contact equity@ualberta.ca for assistance.


U of A Databooks

Each year, the University of Alberta conducts a headcount of staff and students. This annual count is anonymous, and provides a snapshot of the number of employees by faculty, employee group, and staff agreement. The student data reflects the number of undergraduate and graduate students registered by full-time and part-time by faculty.

View the Databooks.


Reports

Knowing what we need to achieve is only possible if we know what we've accomplished. Here are the U of A's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity reports: