The Diverse Learning Environments (DLE) Survey was first administered to UCLA undergraduates during the 2011 Winter & Spring Quarters. The DLE is part of a nationwide initiative to assess the needs and advance the success of a diverse student population. The survey was developed by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) with the following goals in mind:
- Develop a greater awareness about diversity, student learning, and student success both inside and outside the classroom.
- Assess and develop undergraduates' skills for work and citizenship in a pluralistic democracy.
- Create the conditions for realizing the benefits of diversity in the learning process.
- Increase retention rates and also improve the assessment of retention on campuses around the country.