General Education Maps and Markers: Equity Working Group

The Equity Working Group examined educational practices and strategies that advance the depth and pace of learning for diverse students. Based on evidence of “what works” for underserved student success, this working group has recommended strategies to increase access to high quality learning that will foster equitable levels of demonstrated achievement of learning outcomes and degree completion for all students.

The Equity Working Group contributed key feedback on America’s Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education, by Keith Witham, Lindsey E. Malcom-Piqueux, Alicia C. Dowd and Estela Mara Bensimon, which assembles a broad mass of data that demonstrate how minority, first-generation, and other traditionally underserved populations have fewer opportunities for a sound education at every level of our education system. Witham et al. suggest several principles of “equity-mindedness” to guide any reform effort in higher education, including general education. The group’s work also supported Step Up and Lead for Equity and Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence, a booklet that accompanies America’s Unmet Promise.

Equity Working Group Members

Tia Brown McNair
Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, AAC&U
Equity Working Group Chair

Estela Bensimon
Co-Director of the Center for Urban Education and Professor of Education, University of Southern California

Victor Borden
Professor and Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington

Debra Bragg
Director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership, and Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Michelle Asha Cooper
President, Institute for Higher Education Policy

Katie Hern
Director of the California Acceleration Project and English Instructor, Chabot College

Anthony Jones
Instructor for the Leadership and Educational Studies Department, Appalachian State University

Jordan Landry
English Professor and Assistant Dean, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Ana Martínez Alemán
Professor and Department Chair, Boston College

James Minor
Director of Higher Education Programs, Southern Education Foundation

José F. Moreno
Associate Professor of Latino Education & Policy Studies, California State University, Long Beach

Laura Rendón
Professor, Center for Research & Policy in Education, University of Texas at San Antonio

Jesús Treviño
Associate Vice President for Diversity, University of South Dakota

Marybeth Walpole
Professor and Chairperson, Rowan University