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Diversity Dashboards

Cornell’s University Diversity Council has adopted an institutional diversity planning framework titled, “Toward New Destinations.” This framework organizes diversity initiatives around four core principles: composition, engagement, inclusion, and achievement.  The following dashboards allow us to monitor progress in these four areas.

A report about students’ engagement and inclusion as reported on recent surveys is available here and additional information can be found in the University Factbook.

  Details about the data


  • Data are drawn from fall semester “snapshots” of Cornell populations.
  • Student numbers exclude: students not seeking degrees, students enrolled in absentia, and students who are in the Employee Degree Program.
  • Ranked faculty include faculty titles (assistant, associate, and full professor) including those that are also part-time, clinical, and/or acting.
  • “Other academic employees” include postdoctoral fellows, instructors, lecturers, teaching associates, research and extension associates, librarians, and archivists.
  • “Staff” figures exclude all temporary, casual, and student titles.

Inclusion & Engagement

  • Data concerning undergraduates are drawn from the PULSE survey of undergraduates.
  • Data for Master’s degree students are drawn from the Graduate Student Exit survey.
  • Data for PhD students are drawn from the Graduate Student Experience survey.


  • The 6-year graduation rate reflects graduation in 150% of program time.  For the 5-year degree program in architecture, graduation rates are adjusted relative to that time from (e.g. 7.5 years).
  • Completion rates are calculated for students embarking in a Ph.D. program.  Time to degree is calculated for a graduating cohort.  Because some students do not complete the programs, the populations are somewhat different.