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2008 Diversity and Learning: A Defining Moment Podcasts

AAC&U's Network Conference "Diversity and Learning: A Defining Moment," held October 16-18, 2008, in Long Beach, California. Learn more at

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Equality of Opportunity in Higher Education: Improving Access and Success for Historically Underrepresented Populations
Jamie Merisotis, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Lumina Foundation for Education addresses the (a) the multiple barriers that impede access to postsecondary education among historically underserved groups; (b) efforts that help students enhance and achieve their educational goals; and (c) the specific challenges experienced by adult learners, particularly those facing economic barriers and academic under-preparation. Recorded Thursday, October 16, 2008, 7:00 P.M.
(Posted on Wed, 12 11 2008 12:34:27)

Making Excellence Inclusive: Establishing Diversity as an Institutional and Educational Imperative
Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, Vice President, Office of Education and Institutional Renewal, AAC&U and Daryl G. Smith, Professor of Education, Claremont Graduate University discuss what it will take to establish coordinated institutional policies and comprehensive educational practices that move us to the next level of diversity work. They address the need to establish diversity as both an institutional and an educational imperative and comment on nationwide research and campus-based initiatives to develop institutional capacity to engage diversity for learning, to monitor progress, to sustain efforts, and to ensure that efforts to link diversity with educational excellence evolve over time. Recorded Friday, October 17, 2008, 9:15 A.M.
(Posted on Wed, 12 11 2008 12:38:55)

Transforming the Ivory Tower: Decades of Change for African American, Asian American, and Latino Students
Walter R. Allen, Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education; Mitchell Chang, Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change; Sylvia Hurtado, Director, Higher Education Research Institute and Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change; and José Luis Santos, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change--all of University of California, Los Angeles present new national trends about African American, Asian American, and Latino students that remain unreported in current federal databases. The panelists discuss trends in: (a) changing socioeconomic status; (b) access to and preparation for higher education; and (c) aspirations, values, and expectations of college students. Recorded Friday, October 17, 2008, 12:30 P.M.
(Posted on Wed, 12 11 2008 12:45:01)

Advancing Diversity Efforts to the Next Level of Coordinated Action
Mildred García, President of California State University Dominguez Hills discusses the ways in which well-designed diversity efforts can play a critical role in fostering student learning, advancing knowledge, and improving the institutional effectiveness of colleges and universities. She addresses how campuses can advance diversity efforts to the next level of comprehensive, coordinated action, where educational benefits for all students and the institution can be demonstrated in meaningful ways. Recorded, Saturday, October 18, 2008, 11:00 A.M.
(Posted on Wed, 12 11 2008 12:49:10)