AAC&U President Issues Call to Action on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Wake of Court Decision on Race-Based Admissions
Washington DC—In a strongly worded statement released today in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider underscored AAC&U’s continuing commitment to “support[ing] higher education institutions across all sectors in creating learning experiences through which all students engage productively with the diversity of ideas and experiences that characterize our world.”
Given its mission-level commitment to both liberal education and inclusive excellence, she noted, AAC&U remains “strongly committed to helping our members succeed in the long-term work of educating and graduating students—from all backgrounds—who will be both prepared and inspired to work for a more just and equitable democracy in the United States and for the expansion of human dignity and opportunity around the world.”
Noting that educators are “thrilled … by the Supreme Court’s decision to reaffirm … [the] compelling national interest” in campus diversity, she affirms that “diversity remains an essential component of educational excellence and of liberal education in the twenty-first century,” and urges that “the announcement of this Supreme Court decision…should be taken as a moment to rededicate ourselves to the significant work on both equity and diversity yet to be done.”
"Our nation's historic commitment to educating for democracy cannot truly be fulfilled until racial equality is achieved around access to excellence in higher education,” said AAC&U President-Elect Lynn Pasquerella. “The Supreme Court's decision highlights the significance of AAC&U's commitment to championing equity and inclusion in liberal education."
The full text of President Carol Geary Schneider’s statement can be found here: http://www.aacu.org/about/statements/2016/ut-fisher. See other statements from AAC&U on diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence here: http://www.aacu.org/resources/diversity-equity-and-inclusive-excellence.
AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,350 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.
AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.