Bringing Quality and Equity Together

Mapping Guided Pathways for First Generation Student Success

November 17, 2015
Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

“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 fourth in a series of events that AAC&U is sponsoring as part of its Centennial Year.  Discussions will be informed by new findings from a national survey—to be released in November—on AAC&U members’ priorities for supporting equity and quality learning in college.  

Highlighting quality learning as the next frontier for equity and expanded opportunity, the forum will bring together educational, policy, and foundation 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 also 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 pathways that are rich in relevant, inquiry-based, engaged practices are themselves a catalyst to increased completion for underserved students.  

With new research on the student success value of “guided learning pathways” now in hand, the forum will feature ways—in both broad access and selective institutions—that well-designed guided pathways can ensure the hallmark outcomes of a strong liberal—and liberating—education.    The Forum will propose necessary components of high impact and equity-minded guided learning pathways.

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.


The events of AAC&U's Centennial Year are supported by gifts from the following foundations: Carnegie Corporation of New York, Endeavor Foundation, the Charles Engelhard Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Teagle Foundation, and USA Funds.