Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson
When planning for the future of diversity and inclusion on Bay Path’s campus, it is important to acknowledge the past and present status of the Bay Path community. As time goes by, the demographics of higher education continue to shift- when Bay Path was first founded in 1897, the student body looked much different than it does today. So much has changed since then as both our national and global societies have continued to develop over time. With the world of higher education constantly evolving, information about Bay Path’s history seems to be invaluable. Statistics on demographics, diversity, and campus climate have been essential in constructing realistic goals and timelines for achieving a more integrated campus community.
The process of becoming a more integrated, accepting community is a collective effort."
Our commitments to promoting diversity and inclusion, and to transparency throughout the process are deeply rooted and sincere.
Therefore, we feel that the members of the Bay Path community should be aware of the University’s progress, which is why we are pleased to share information about the University’s history with the public. We have included data collected over a wide span of time which provides comprehensive information about diversity and inclusion at Bay Path University. This data is fundamental for marking the progress made on the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, and for keeping the campus community informed.
Bay Path is a more diverse community than many would expect. Across divisions, students of color find Bay Path to be a supportive environment in which to pursue their educational goals. As Bay Path’s overall enrollment has increased over the past five years, the diversity of the student population has increased as well. As of Fall 2018, students of color made up 33% of the total student population, which is up from 28% in Fall 2014.
Bay Path University asks all graduating students to respond to the Graduating Student Survey to gauge satisfaction and perceptions of Bay Path during the students final weeks at the University. For the first time in 2015-2016, the Graduating Student Survey included an item related to student perceptions of how the Bay Path experience contributed to their development of an inclusive worldview. Providing a baseline to assess the University's diversity and inclusion efforts, the self-assessment provides a glimpse into how students connect their curricular and co-curricular experiences in this area. Students respond to the question: "How much has your Bay Path experience contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in understanding people of other backgrounds?". With only three years of data, the responses demonstrate a small amount of growth in how students perceive the impact that Bay Path has had on their development relative to diversity and inclusion, with the most significant growth seen in the Traditional Undergraduate Population.
Bay Path University’s student population has steadily increased in size over the last five years. As a result, the population of full-time staff has also increased to compensate for the growing number of students. An examination of the diversity of the full-time staff population demonstrates a 4.03% increase in full-time staff of color over the past five years.
Bay Path University’s student population has steadily increased in size over the last five years. As a result, the population of full-time faculty has also increased to compensate for the growing number of students. An examination of the diversity of the full-time faculty population demonstrates a 6.74% increase in
Enhancing diversity and inclusion is a priority of Bay Path University’s Vision 2019 and promotes vitality in the educational environment. A diverse Board not only generates multiple perspectives, critical to planning and Trustee responsibility but also strengthen the University leadership's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Over the past five years, Bay Path University has brought on at least three new board members every year. As of 2018-2019, one out of three (33%) of the new board members brought on in that year represented new members of color to sit on the Board of Trustees.