For the Course Project, each student is to select an organization and perform a diversity audit. You will then prepare a paper outlining your research and results.
Review the detailed information contained in the textbook Harvey Case #50, Evaluating Diversity Management: Conducting a Diversity Audit, pages 376–382, for preliminary information to assist you.
As you progress through the project, you’ll want to use the process flow diagram given below as a guide.
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There are graded deliverables due in Weeks 2 and 3 as outlined below, and the final Course Project is due in Week 7.
Papers should be 8- to 12-typed pages, not including references, cover sheets, table of contents, appendices, and so forth.
To be considered complete, papers must include a title page, table of contents, executive summary, appropriate appendices, and reference list (APA format). Substantial points will be deducted for failure to include all of these items. See the grading rubric below.
Week 2: Course Project Proposal Due
This week, you should be working on Steps 1 and 2of the project (See the process flowchart in the Course Project section under Course Home.).
Identify the organization you selected for the Course Project. Instructor approval is required. Be prepared to provide the following information (in bulleted format) regarding your selection.
Week 3: Diversity Audit Criteria Due
This week, you should be working on Step 3 of the project. Identify the criteria that you will use for the audit. These criteria will become the benchmarks that you will later use for evaluating the organization’s diversity initiatives. The criteria must be based on research, not just your opinions. You might also think of the criteria as a list of best practices.
Weeks 4–6: Conduct Audit
Complete Steps 4 through 7 in the process flowchart. This involves actually conducting the audit (gathering your secondary research and conducting the primary research). Then write a description of the organization’s diversity initiatives. The information you need to write this portion of the project is the secondary and primary research that you have completed. Evaluate the organization’s diversity initiatives. This is not an evaluation based on your own opinions. It is an evaluation against the audit criteria (best practices) that you have identified earlier.
Then write your recommendations. The recommendations should flow logically from the description and evaluation of the organization’s diversity initiatives.
Week 7: Diversity Audit Paper Due
The Course Project is due at the end of this week. If you have kept up with the project as outlined for Weeks 1–6, then you have already written the first draft of the report. Use this week to edit the final report, and add the title page, table of contents, list of references, and any appendices.
Write the Executive Summary. This should be no more than two pages. It should include a description of the organization and summarize the audit criteria, audit methods, description of organization’s diversity initiatives, your evaluation, and recommendations.
|Executive Summary||10||5%||Summarize your paper in such a way that readers can rapidly become acquainted with your paper without having to read it all. It will usually contain a brief statement of the problem or proposal covered in the major document(s), background information, concise analysis, and main conclusions.|
|Organization Background||10||5%||Briefly provide information about the selected organization’s background (history, size, culture, industry, organization, etc.).|
|Audit Methods||30||15%||Explain the criteria you have selected for a diverse organization. Detail how and why you came up with the selected criteria. Note that you will want to conduct outside research for more information. It is recommended to use the Keller Online Library. Describe your audit methods and the organizational visits.|
|Description of the Organization’s Diversity Initiatives||40||20%||Describe the organization’s current status and efforts in terms of diversity management.|
|Evaluation of the Organization’s Diversity Initiatives||50||25%||Evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s diversity initiatives against your established criteria for a diverse organization. What is working? What needs improvement?|
|Recommendations||40||20%||Outline your specific recommendations for improvement. Fully justify your recommendations, and indicate the business reasons for the changes you are recommending.|
|Spelling and Grammar, APA Form and Style, Required Components: Title Page, Table of Contents, List of References||20||10%||Points will be deducted for the omission of any required components of the paper, for poor grammar, spelling, or writing style, and for failure to cite sources in proper APA format.|
|Total||200||100||A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.|
The following are the best practices in preparing this paper.
The following is the purpose of an introduction or opening.
Include in the introduction a reason for the audience to read the paper. Also, include an overview of what you are going to cover in your paper and the importance of the material. (This should include or introduce the questions you are asked to answer on each assignment.)
Additional hints on preparing the best possible project.