3C Assessment FAQ

Who can complete the assessment?

The assessment is open to students, faculty, and staff/industry professionals.

How long does it take to complete the assessment?

The assessment takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Many participants complete it in less time than this.

How can I complete the assessment?

There are two ways to complete the assessment.
Individuals:Anyone interested in individually completing the assessment to self-assess is welcome to use the web-based tool that will be available, which will provide your individual score, as well as mean score of all participants, standard deviation, etc.
Groups: Any faculty, departments, universities, or organizations that are interested in assessing groups of students, faculty, and/or staff should complete the 3C Assessment Interest Form to coordinate group data collection and analysis.

Is the assessment anonymous?

Regardless of whether you are a student, faculty member, or staff/industry professional, the assessment does not collect any personal information. Student assessments collect race/ethnicity, gender, and institution type (HBCU, HSI, TCU, and PWI) demographics. However, individual participant responses are never shared with the university or organization. Faculty assessments include no demographic data. Staff/Industry assessments include race/ethnicity and gender data. In the event that overall responses could be easily identified (e.g., only one woman working at an organization), then this demographic data will be removed from the summary information provided to the organization.

What information can we expect to receive after our group (e.g., class, department, organization) completes the assessment?

Each group completing the assessment will receive a detailed analysis of overall group score and scoring across various groups, including any demographic information(pending it does not result in easily identifiable information for any participants). Additional information includes average scoring across all participating organizations (unidentified).

What if I want to know how individual participants responded?

Providing individual participant responses presents the risk of easily identifiable information being shared. Since this could potentially be used against participants (and to ensure no risk of participant harm or retribution), no individual responses are provided to organizations. The collection of data provided is sufficient for any organization to still glean meaningful information from the aggregate data provided. If someone wants to know their individual score, they are welcome to complete the web-based version of the assessment, that will be available via this website. Anyone wishing to know their individual scoring is welcome to complete the assessment via the website. However, organizations must work with the research team to appropriately collect information for their group.

How is scoring determined?

Our algorithm uses participant responses to appropriately determine a score in the range of 0.0-1.0, where 0.0 is the lowest score and 1.0 is the highest. Within this range, scores map to the various stages of cultural competence.

What does the scoring mean?

While the scoring of 0.0-1.0 gives a quantitative score, it still doesn't provide enough context for an individual or organization's stage of cultural competence. As a result, scores are mapped to the six stages of cultural competence (destructiveness, incapacity, blindness, precompetence, competence, proficiency). Any score reported will provide information on the stage and how to interpret this information.

How are the six stages of cultural competence determined?

The six stages were originally created by Cross et al. These stages have been applied to the computing space in a similar fashion by the work of Dr. Nicki Washington (see the SIGSCE 2020 paper for more info).

How do I know the scoring is accurate?

The assessment went through multiple rounds of validation and reliability testing to ensure that all questions appropriately measured the intended constructs and the overall scoring was accurate.

Is there a cost for participating in group assessment?


When should we complete the assessment?

This may be determined by specific needs/goals. Individuals and organizations are welcome to complete the assessment at any time. Depending on how the results will be used, university participants are advised to collect assessment data towards the beginning or end of any semester. This is because, depending on any activities planned or how the data will be used, the information can serve as a baseline for measuring the impact of department/university activities to improve overall cultural competence. The research team can assist with determining the best timeline for your needs.

Our university/organization is interested in the assessment. Is it sufficient to complete the assessment one time?

This will depend on how you plan to use the data. It is not recommended that any group complete the assessment once. This is analogous to completing one diversity, equity, and inclusion workshop and assuming that your group is now as inclusive as possible. The goal of the assessment is for universities/organizations to use the initial assessment results as a baseline for longitudinal studies that help to determine the success/impact of activities designed to improve cultural competence of students, faculty, and staff. In addition, students will eventually graduate, and it is inappropriate to assume that future student responses will mirror current student responses. For more suggestions on how this data can supplement any research or broadening participation initiatives, please contact Dr. Nicki Washington.