AAC&U Inclusive Excellence Commission

Representing the first stage of a new partnership between both organizations, AAC&U and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) are pleased to announce the establishment of a new Inclusive Excellence Commission. Over the next four years, the Commission will complement HHMI's newest initiative, Inclusive Excellence: Engaging All Students in Science, and is expected to play a crucial role in the development, implementation, and advancement of a conceptual realist model for inclusive excellence in STEM. The Commission will function as a working group and will consist of a core of nationally and internationally recognized experts in the following areas:

  • Underrepresented STEM Student Access and Persistence
  • STEM Faculty Development
  • Institutional Data Analysis for Inclusive Excellence in STEM
  • Institutional Change and Capacity Building for Inclusive Excellence in STEM
  • Evaluation of Complex Systems for STEM Reform

The Commission will be chaired by Dr. Kelly Mack, Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope at AAC&U. Dr. Mack will lead discussions and coordinate the writing and publishing of Commission reports, as well as collaborate with HHMI program officers to develop the Commission's membership.

About the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute plays a powerful role in advancing scientific research and education in the United States. Its scientists, located across the country and around the world, have made important discoveries that advance both human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. The Institute also aims to transform science education into a creative, interdisciplinary endeavor that reflects the excitement of real research.

The program announcement for the third round of the Inclusive Excellence competition (IE3) that will select 30 additional schools for awards is now available.  All awards will be for five years and total $1 million. IE3 is open to all four-year institutions that offer a baccalaureate degree in the natural sciences, are not-for-profit, and are accredited by their regional accrediting organization. Institutions that are already part of the IE community are not eligible to submit a new pre-proposal.   

Information about the HHMI Inclusive Excellence program can be found at: www.hhmi.org/InclusiveExcellence.