The Campus Pride Index (CPI), previously covered by Campus Reform, evaluates colleges and universities for “LGBTQ-friendly learning environments.” A college is considered “LGBTQ-friendly” if it is “an environment that is more inclusive, welcoming, and respectful for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people.”
To obtain a membership with CPI, school administrators first take a self-assessment to determine how LGBTQ-friendly they are based on eight factors.
These factors are “LGBTQ Policy Inclusion,” “LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment,” “LGBTQ Academic Life,” “LGBTQ Student Life,” “LGBTQ Housing,” “LGBTQ Campus Safety,” “LGBTQ Counseling & Health,” and “LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts.”
When the self-assessment is completed, CPI sends a report to the school “with results and recommendations” based on their answers.
Universities are then able to have a profile on the website, which includes their star-based ratings in each of the eight factors, and a “report card” showing whether they do or do not provide certain LGBTQ-related services, such as having a “resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students” and an “[a]lly program or Safe Space/Safe Zone.”
Campus Reform found that several of the universities that achieved the maximum rating on the Index recently raised tuition and spent funds on LGBTQ programming.
Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer told Campus Reform earlier this year that the Index is an “education tool out there that helps campuses improve their LGBTQ campus policies, programs, and practices as well as shares with parents, family, young people, like, which campuses have what, you know, policies in place and so forth.”
After completing the assessment, campus officials can choose whether or not they want to make the results publicly available.
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