Excellence: A Critical Examination of Accountability

Today, the demand for global competitiveness in undergraduate science education is situated within a shifting sociopolitical context that is increasingly made complex by the troubling history of race relations in America.

May 30, 2019

This webinar outlined the most recent work of the AAC&U Inclusive Excellence Commission—the evaluative partner of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Initiative. Members of the commission presented their Agreements for Excellence in undergraduate science education, as well as critically examined the most salient challenges limiting higher education’s capacity to cultivate and harness scientific creativity from the widest possible range of perspectives, worldviews, and disciplinary expertise. Webinar attendees were actively engaged not only in the iterative work of understanding the Agreements for Excellence but also in critically examining and critiquing their suitability and overall utility in reforming undergraduate science education at all institutional types. Members of the commission also shared their insights and perspectives on the impact of the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative on national undergraduate STEM reform.


  • Kelly Mack

    Vice President of Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope, AAC&U


  • Tykeia Robinson

    Tykeia Robinson

    Assistant Director of Research and Policy, Office of Undergraduate STEM Education, AAC&U
  • Melvin Hall

    Melvin Hall

    Professor of Education Psychology, Northern Arizona University
  • John Matsui

    John Matsui

    Director, Biology Scholars Program & Assistant Dean, Biological Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
  • Patrice McDermott

    Patrice McDermott

    Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Kate Winter

    Kate Winter

    Independent Evaluation Consultant, Kate Winter Evaluation