Making Excellence Inclusive Publications

We Hold These Truths: Dismantling Racial Hierarchies, Building Equitable Communities

Edited by Tia Brown McNair

We Hold These Truths describes the work of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at colleges and universities across the country to dismantle the tools that perpetuate oppression and entrenched racial hierarchies. By creating positive narratives about race, identifying and examining current realities of race relations in communities, pinpointing levers for change, and engaging key individuals, the narratives included in this volume illustrate the power of what can be accomplished when you have a vision for change.

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What Liberal Education Looks Like: What It Is, Who It’s For, and Where It Happens

What Liberal Education Looks Like presents a guiding vision of educational excellence that is grounded in equity and inclusion. In distilling the principles, practices, and contemporary challenges of liberal education, this signature AAC&U publication clearly describes the learning all students need for success in an uncertain future and for addressing the compelling issues we face as a democracy and as a global community—regardless of where they study, what they major in, or what their career goals are.

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From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education

Drawing from campus-based research projects sponsored by the AAC&U and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk provides practical guidance on the design and application of campus change strategies for achieving equitable outcomes. The authors offer advice on how to build an equity-minded campus culture, align strategic priorities and institutional missions to advance equity, understand equity-minded data analysis, develop campus strategies for making excellence inclusive, and move from a first-generation equity educator to an equity-minded practitioner. Central concepts and key points are illustrated through campus examples.

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Liberal Education, Fall 2016
Liberal Education, Fall 2016

AAC&U has 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, this special issue provides an overview of this wide-ranging effort to heal racial divides in communities across the country.Read more

Becoming a Student-Ready College

Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success

To ask whether students are “college-ready” is to concentrate on factors beyond the control of higher education. With this publication, the authors flip the question to provide a new perspective on creating institutional value and facilitating student success. Rather than focusing on student preparedness (or lack thereof), the authors focus on what colleges and universities can do to prepare for their entering students. What must change in an institution’s policies, practices, and culture in order to be truly student-ready?

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Diversity and Democracy, Winter, 2016
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2016

This issue of Diversity & Democracy calls readers to invest in high-quality learning for all students by ensuring equitable access to both effective educational practices and welcoming campus climates. Contributing authors share evaluation and implementation strategies that support college success, particularly for students who have been underserved within higher education.Read more

Diversity and Democracy, Spring, 2015
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2015

This issue of Diversity & Democracy extends AAC&U’s longstanding commitment to addressing gender-based inequities in higher education. Article topics include gender equity among STEM students and faculty, women’s leadership in areas such as higher education administration, the role of women’s colleges and universities worldwide, and the importance of creating campuses that are safe and inclusive for students of all gender identities.Read more

Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning

Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning

Focused on issues of access and success, this publication provides a framework for dialogue, assessment, and action to address inequities in higher education institutions. It offers practical guidance for campus leaders and practitioners who come together across divisions and departments to engage in internal assessment and to chart a path forward for improving student achievement—particularly for students from groups traditionally underserved by higher education.

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Step Up & Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides

Step Up and Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides

America’s persistent gaps in education, income, and wealth are widening, and the fastest-growing segments of our population are the least likely to have the opportunities they need to succeed. Higher education must focus more urgently on equity, bringing what is known about closing achievement gaps together with what is known about advancing high-quality student learning outcomes. This publication builds the case for challenging the status quo and for making the most empowering forms of college learning available to all students.

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The LEAP Challenge: Educating for a World of Unscripted Problems

The LEAP Challenge: Educating for a World of Unscripted Problems

Building on a decade of campus reform efforts to advance essential learning outcomes and high-impact educational practices for all students, this publication challenges colleges and universities to engage students in signature work that will prepare them to integrate and apply their learning through a significant project.

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America's Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education

America’s Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education

Responding to the urgent need to expand educational access and success for students from traditionally underserved groups, this publication presents an equity-minded framework that can be used throughout higher education. The authors offer a set of principles for evaluating equity and advancing institutional change, with a specific focus on improving outcomes for students affected by stratification in educational opportunity by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

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Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2014
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2014

In the twenty-first century, the connections between local occurrences and global systems—financial, technological, natural, ideological—are more apparent than ever. This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores the global learning students need to grapple with this complexity while preparing for responsible action in the world.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Winter, 2014
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2014

This issue explores the relationship between recent technology-driven trends and higher education's civic commitments and equity goals. The issue invites readers to reflect on how technological change is affecting higher education's work to educate all students for participation in the linked spheres of civic and economic life.Read more

Assessing Underserved Students' Engagement in High-Impact Practices

Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices

This publication presents findings from a national study of the impact of a defined set of educational practices on traditionally underserved student populations (defined here as first-generation, minority, transfer, and low-income students). Drawing on the National Survey of Student Engagement and qualitative data obtained through student focus groups, the mixed-method analysis includes student-level data on engaged learning at thirty-eight institutions. A toolkit for assessing equity in high-impact practices is also included. 

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Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2013
Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2013

This issue of Diversity & Democracy features a range of approaches to assessing the impact of students’ engagement in diversity, global, and civic learning opportunities.Read more

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