Diversity, Learning, and Student Success 2015

Diversity, Learning, and Student Success

Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence

March 26, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Westin Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA 92101

Creating campus climates and educational practices that evolve with today’s increasingly diverse cohort of students requires an institution-wide commitment to addressing diversity, equity, learning, and student success as core values with measurable goals. Making excellence truly inclusive requires a continuous pursuit of institutional excellence in order to ensure that all students enjoy the benefits of an engaged liberal education. We invite faculty, administrators, student affairs educators, and students to participate in AAC&U’s 2015 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence—both individually and as teams—to help design and promote educational strategies that ensure all students have access to high-quality learning throughout their varied educational journeys.

In AAC&U’s 2015 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success conference, participants will explore critical questions and formulate action-oriented strategies to make excellence inclusive for all students through sustainable and measurable campus practices. Through its Making Excellence Inclusive (MEI) initiative, AAC&U is advancing and expanding its long-standing commitments to educational quality, diversity, equity, and civic engagement.  MEI also provides  a framework for educators to use—to deepen students’ learning through high-impact practices, including the use of digital innovations, and to make assessment of students’ actual work a meaningful part of the teaching and learning experience.

In this meeting, we will explore together a series of urgent questions related to the challenge of preparing all students to be innovators, leaders, and problem-solvers in an increasingly complex global society. How can we design teaching and learning environments that are cognitively rich and active, that truly help people learn, that engage all students with the value of diversity, and that promote inclusion and opportunity for all?  How do we develop and support leaders who can contribute to institutional transformation, regardless of position and/or status? How can institutions of all types reshape institutional dialogues, language, practices, and policies that are equity-minded and boundary crossing? How do we design quality high-impact practices that help students in all institutions to demonstrate achievement of intended learning outcomes?  

Participants at this conference will examine both distinct and integrative approaches for assessing and advancing inclusive excellence and student learning through four major thematic areas of campus work and organizational change:

  • Diversity and Inclusive Excellence as an Institutional Value System
  • Equity and High-Quality Learning for All Students
  • High-Impact Practices and Digital Innovations
  • Developing and Supporting Educators for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership, and Change

Visit the Call for Proposals to find out more about each theme and how to submit a proposal.