The University of Iowa

Course Equity Insights

The changing demographics and circumstances of enrollment at Iowa mean that students are likely to come into your course with a wide range of experiences, skills, and perspectives. Teaching inclusively means embracing student diversity in all forms—race, ethnicity, gender, disability, socioeconomic background, ideology, even personality traits like introversion—as an asset.

The goal of the course equity report is to help instructors identify any existing equity gaps in their course based on students’ identities, to reflect on how they can better support all students, and provide some strategies on inclusive teaching.

What We Offer

The report shows compares course outcomes between demographic groups and shows whether any differences are statistically significant. This report also looks at the intersections among students' multiple identities and course outcomes.

The course equity insights report may help to answer the following questions:

  • Is there an equity gap in course grade between first generation and continuing generation students after accounting for students prior learning?
  • Have equity gaps in student outcomes increased or decreased over time?
  • Are there specific assignments that certain demographic groups are underperforming on?

This report is provided alongside a consultation with data and teaching experts. This is in part due to the sensitive nature of this report, but it is also intended to provide appropriate context and guide reflection.

Graph from an example course equity report that shows performance on homework and tests.

An example of a visualization provided in the report.

Request Course Equity Insights Report

Complete this form to request a course equity report for a course you are currently teaching or have taught in the past. To learn more about the course equity report, data-informed teaching, and other data services, email Research & Analytics