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Annual Report Of The Diversity Committee 2003-2004

The committee adopted the following statement of philosophy:

The philosophy of the University of South Alabama includes the following ideals:

•  Recognition of the strength a diverse faculty, staff and administration bring to the institution.

•  Belief in the importance of diversity in enriching the education, research and community environment.

•  Commitment to the ongoing recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and administration.

•  Commitment to the retention of a diverse faculty, staff and administration.

Key Objectives

To make recommendations to the President of the University aimed at achieving the institution's goal of increasing the number of African-American faculty and administrators.

Action Items for 2003-2004

•  Develop a web site for the purpose of communicating the committee's mission and action items to the University community.

•  Develop strategies for achievement of goals and recommendations thereof to the President.

•  Dr. Covey will meet with each college dean to discuss diversity issues and remind them of the University's commitment to increasing the number of African-American faculty and administrators.

•  The dean of the college will remind each search committee of the University's goal of increasing the number of African-American faculty and administrators. Each search committee will be apprised of new policy concerning approval for interviewing additional candidates if African-American.

•  All Vice Presidents and Deans will be required to develop strategies and to provide annual progress reports on the hiring and retention of African-American faculty.

•  The host committee for African-American faculty and administrators will be appointed and will become active.

•  Conduct survey of campus for suggestions on recruitment and retention of African-American faculty and administrators.

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