Give Students a Compass (2008-2011) helped institutions in three state systems—California State University System, Oregon University System, and the University of Wisconsin System—build capacity to support academic excellence for all students, emphasizing the success of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The project took as a guiding framework the challenge of making excellence inclusive across all institutions of higher learning.
Quality Collaboratives (QC): Assessing and Reporting Degree Qualifications Profile Competencies in the Context of Transfer was a three-year initiating project launched in October 2011 with support from Lumina Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a part of AAC&U’s ongoing Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. Through the QC project, AAC&U engaged teams of educational, assessment, and policy leaders in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, and Virginia.
Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success is a two-year project launched with support from Strada Education Network. Building on AAC&U's Centennial focus on equity and inclusive excellence, the project is designed to expand the current research on equity in student achievement and to identify promising evidence-based interventions for improving student learning and success.
Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success will disseminate and advance the knowledge and insights from AAC&U’s continuing work with nineteen community colleges participating in the LEAP Developing a Community College Student Roadmap Project. Led by a set of experienced community college leaders, Roadmap schools have brought AAC&U’s LEAP practices and principles to bear on efforts to advance community college student learning and engagement.
This LEAP project is designed to further existing knowledge about the relationship between high-impact practices and underserved student success. Funded by TG Philanthropy and part of AAC&U’s Making Excellence Inclusive and The LEAP Challenge initiatives, this campus-based research project provided insights into the effects of problem-centered curricular designs, particularly integrative learning in general education programs, and transparent teaching practices on underserved students’ learning and success.
Developing a Community College Student Roadmap is 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 Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and The Democracy Commitment: An American Community College Initiative (TDC) launched a three-year curriculum and faculty development project in 2012 supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community, and Democratic Thinking.