Diversity, Equity, & Inclusive Excellence

Since 1971 AAC&U has developed initiatives that bring together faculty and institutions of higher learning to provide national leadership that advances diversity and equity in higher education, and the best educational practices for an increasingly diverse population. AAC&U understands diversity and equity as fundamental goals of higher education and as resources for learning that are valuable for all students, vital to democracy and a democratic workforce and to the global position and wellbeing of the United States. AAC&U's commitment to make excellence inclusive—to bring the benefits of liberal education to all students—is rooted deeply in commitment to a diverse, informed, and civically active society. 

Recently, AAC&U joined with more than a hundred diverse organizations and individuals as partners in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation enterprise. With particular attention to the role of higher education, the Fall 2016 issue of Liberal Education provides an overview of this wide-ranging effort to heal racial divides in communities across the country.

Campus Models and Case Studies

Texas A&M University–San Antonio

High-Impact Practices Help Students Succeed During University Expansion

In fall 2016, after exclusively educating junior- and senior-level students for over ten years, Texas A&M University–San Antonio (TAMUSA) underwent a unique kind of two- to four-year transition... Read More
Is It Really My Fault? Confronting the Myths Surrounding Women's Advancement

Is It Really My Fault? Confronting the Myths Surrounding Women's Advancement

I was talking with my partner about these remarks, and for some reason my red sauce came to her mind. She told me that I should talk about my red sauce. I wondered how I could possibly talk about my... Read More
Addressing Diversity and Inclusion on College Campuses: Assessing a Partnership between AAC&U and the Ford Foundation

Addressing Diversity and Inclusion on College Campuses: Assessing a Partnership between AAC&U and the Ford Foundation

Marking the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the association, this four-part series of commissioned articles explores various aspects of AAC&U’s work over the past century in relation to... Read More
Making Excellence Inclusive in Challenging Times

Making Excellence Inclusive in Challenging Times

In 2005, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) released a series of articles that called for higher education institutions to move away from a fragmented focus on... Read More
The Power of Intentionality: Cal State Fullerton's Strategic Approach to Ensuring Equity

The Power of Intentionality: Cal State Fullerton's Strategic Approach to Ensuring Equity

This month's feature was written by José L. Cruz , provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Fullerton. It originally appeared in the winter 2016 issue of... Read More
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