Addressing the Charge
The Task Force decided that an appropriate way to address Part One of the Charge was to measure perceptions using two methods. The first involved the design, administration, and analysis of a "Marquette University Climate Survey." The Climate Survey measured perceptions of organizational fairness, exclusions from formal positions of power, devaluation, personal comfort with those who are different, diversity value, gender and sexual harassment, informal social exclusion, and work-family conflict. The other method involved reviewing statements of individuals who had specifically complained to the Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs that they had not been treated fairly because of their gender. Their complaints were not investigated. Their statements were examined only to determine if they perceived inequitable treatment because of their gender.
When addressing Part Two of the Charge the Task Force decided that examination of salary, promotion, and tenure decisions could be effectively undertaken using quantitative methods. Using the results of a survey of faculty along with other University data that accounted for student assessment of teaching, teaching assignments, workloads, research productivity, rank, and compensation, a work group of the Task Force compiled a comprehensive quantitative database. This database described much of what comprised the experiences of men and women faculty at Marquette. The Task Force addressed aspects of Part Two of the Charge pertaining to recruitment, hiring, and appointment of faculty, workload distribution, allocation of leadership responsibilities, some aspects of compensation, and promotions by surveying and interviewing administrators. A Survey of Chairs investigated areas of inquiry such as perspectives and initiatives on gender equity, recruitment and hiring of faculty, compensation, allocation of teaching and advising responsibilities, mentoring for new faculty, retention, career advancement, and gender diversity of departmental committees. After analyzing the data collected from the Chairs, Deans and Vice-Presidents were interviewed to elicit their comments on findings emanating from the Chairs' reports.