Bringing Quality and Equity Together

How Higher Education Leaders—Together—Are Tackling the Deepening Equity Divides

May 29, 2015
The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

“Students of color and students from low-income families will soon form the majority of the nation’s college-eligible learners. Their fortunes will shape—for better or worse—America’s economic and global future. These students are democracy’s hope and America’s future.  They need and deserve the advantages of a horizon-expanding higher education. They need and deserve a twenty-first-century liberal education.”

Carol Geary Schneider, President of AAC&U

This forum is the third in a series of events that AAC&U is sponsoring as part of its Centennial Year. Highlighting quality learning as the next frontier for equity and expanded opportunity, the forum will bring together educational, policy, and civic leaders to examine the learning all college students need to thrive in a knowledge economy and to participate actively and responsibly in a diverse and global society. Participants will examine the sobering evidence that both completion levels and access to quality learning remain highly stratified across income and race/ethnicity.

The forum will explore emerging evidence on “what works” in supporting higher levels of underserved student success, and especially the evidence that quality learning is itself a catalyst to increased completion for underserved students. With new research on the value of “guided pathways” now in hand, the forum will feature ways—in both broad access and selective institutions—that those guided pathways can be catalysts to the hallmark outcomes of a strong liberal—and liberating—education.

Participants are encouraged to attend in teams and to explore, across a host of institutional examples, how they can ensure that their own quality and equity initiatives work together to provide maximum benefit to underserved students. All participants will have an opportunity to try out AAC&U’s new campus guide for self-study and planning titled Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence.


This Forum is supported by gifts from the following foundations: Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and The Teagle Foundation.