FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University ranked highest among the state’s 10 four-year colleges and universities in achieving affirmative action goals for 2005 as reported by the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission.
The Human Affairs Commission submits a report on the status of state agencies’ affirmative action plans and programs to the General Assembly by Feb. 1 of each year. This report contains the total number of persons employed in each job group, by race and sex, at the end of the preceding reporting period, a breakdown by race and sex of those hired or promoted from within the agency during the reporting period, and an indication of whether affirmative action goals were achieved.
“Francis Marion University has worked hard to provide equal employment opportunities to persons interested in working at the university,” said Joseph Heyward, FMU’s vice president for student affairs and the university’s affirmative action officer.
Under the formula, FMU had 85.6 percent goal attainment, up slightly from 85.1 percent in 2004, and 84.9 percent in 2003. The goal is to reach the standard of equal employment opportunity and no longer need affirmative action plans. That goal is 90 percent or higher.
According to the report, the goals are not designed to permit unlawful preferential treatment or quotas. Rather, the goals are used as benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of affirmative action efforts to eliminate and prevent discrimination.
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