Making Excellence Inclusive Publications

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
2016

The national conversation asking "Are students college-ready?" concentrates on numerous factors that are beyond higher education's control. Becoming a Student-Ready College flips the college readiness conversation to provide a new perspective on creating institutional value and facilitating student success. Instead of focusing on student preparedness for college (or lack thereof), this book asks the more pragmatic question of what are colleges and universities doing to prepare for the students who are entering their institutions? What must change in an institution's policies, practices, and culture in order to be student-ready?

Clear and concise, this book is packed with insightful discussion and practical strategies for achieving your ambitious student success goals. These ideas for redesigning practices and policies provide more than food for thought—they offer a real-world framework for real institutional change.

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
2015

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Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning provides a framework for needed dialogue, assessment, and action to address inequities in higher education institutions. Focusing on issues of access and success, it can be used as a tool for bringing together campus leaders and practitioners—across divisions and departments—to engage in internal assessment and chart a path forward to improve all students’ success and achievement of key learning outcomes. The Guide is designed with a particular focus on the success of students who come from groups traditionally underserved in higher education.

Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning is recommended for use in combination with AAC&U’s...

Step Up & Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides
2015

 

Step Up & Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides makes the case that America’s persistent gaps in education, income, and wealth are widening, with the fastest growing segments of our population the least likely to have the opportunities they need to succeed.It argues that, to effectively educate today’s students, higher education must focus more urgently on equity—and on bringing together what we know about closing achievement gaps and advancing high-quality learning outcomes for all students. This brochure builds the case for leadership to challenge the status quo and make the most empowering forms of college learning available to all students. Step Up & Lead for Equity is a Call to Action, supported by clear and convincing data, for college leaders to accept this challenge and begin this work by examining their own institutions’ history and data to develop an action plan. It is ideal for advancing dialogue...

The LEAP Challenge: Educating for a World of Unscripted Problems
2015

The LEAP Challenge builds on a decade of LEAP reform efforts on campus to advance Essential Learning Outcomes and high-impact educational practices for all students. The LEAP Challenge calls on colleges and universities to engage students in signature work that will prepare them to integrate and apply their learning to a significant project.

America's Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education
2015

This publication makes the case for the urgent need to expand access to and success in high-quality educational programs for students traditionally underserved in higher education.  The publication addresses students’ access and success in terms of traditional measures like college completion as well as important indicators of educational opportunity like participation in high-impact educational practices. The authors present an equity-minded guiding framework that can be used throughout higher education.  They suggest 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 class status. Excellent resource for launching conversations among educational leaders and practitioners about diversity, equity, and institutional change.

News from AAC&U Initiatives: Developing a Community College Student Roadmap
2014

The Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project (Roadmap Project) was de­signed to help community colleges create robust and proactive programs of academic support— tied to expected learning outcomes—that engage students at entrance and teach them, from the outset, how to become active partners in their own quest for educational success.

The Roadmap Project, funded by MetLife Foundation, began in 2010 with twelve leadership institutions whose programs were poised to become national models of how to support student success and advance student learning. Launched in January 2013, phase two of the project ex­panded its network to include an additional ten community colleges.

Roadmap colleges are creating new capacity to significantly expand high-quality learning in two-year institutions. Using the framework for student success outlined in AAC&U’s signature initiative Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), Roadmap cross-divisional teams are posing...

Growing Knowledge about What Works for Latino Student Success: Fall, 2014 Newletter
2014

Growing Knowledge about What Works for Latino Student Success is a collaborative initiative between the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Excelencia in Education to support evidence-driven, campus-based change strategies for improving Latino student success and engagement through high-impact practices. With funding from TG Philanthropy, the project works with faculty and staff members from five Hispanic-Serving Institutions selected from the Excelencia in Action Network and AAC&U’s membership. Leadership teams from the campuses attended AAC&U’s 2013 Institute on General Education and Assessment to examine institutional student success data, to review current research on the relationship between student engagement in high-impact practices and underserved students’ self-reported learning gains, and to create campus action plans for implementing high-impact practices that best fit their respective institutional...

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
2013

This publication presents findings from a national study conducted by AAC&U researchers to investigate the impact of engagement in high-impact practices on traditionally underserved populations (defined here as first-generation, minority, transfer, and low-income students).The mixed-method analysis includes student-level data on engaged learning at thirty-eight participating institutions-from the state higher education systems in California, Oregon, and Wisconsin-drawn from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), as well as qualitative data obtained through student focus groups held at nine selected campuses. This report serves as a guide for campus-based inquiry to further our understanding of underserved student engagement with high-impact practices. The publication also includes a toolkit on assessing equity in high-impact practices developed by the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California. This project is funded by TG Philanthropy. ...

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

Ensuring Quality & Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale
2013

Building on previous AAC&U reports, this publication presents research on specific educational practices correlated with higher levels of academic challenge, student engagement, and achievement. The publication features the relationship between these practices and improvements in retention and graduation rates and advice on how to ensure that all students experience multiple high-impact practices. Detailed case studies show how five campuses are providing high-impact practices more pervasively and systematically.

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