Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success


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.

The 13 institutions selected to participate in the project include:

  • Anne Arundel Community College (MD)
  • California State University – Northridge (CA)
  • California State University – Sacramento (CA)
  • Carthage College (WI)*
  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)
  • Dominican University (IL)
  • Florida International University (FL)
  • Governors State University (IL)
  • Lansing Community College (MI)
  • Morgan State University (MD)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (NC)
  • Pomona College (CA)
  • Wilbur Wright College (IL)

The 3 honorable mention institutions:

  • Indiana University Northwest (IN)
  • Northern Illinois University (IL)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Project Activities and Goals

AAC&U's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, in partnership with the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, will support thirteen institutions from diverse institutional types in the design, implementation, and assessment of campus action plans to advance equity in student learning and success.

The institutions selected to participate will:

  • use findings from AAC&U's 2015 Centennial member survey to identify and understand common issues, themes, and interventions related to addressing equity in student learning and success
  • complete AAC&U's Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning and collect student success and learning data through a campus inventory to raise awareness of institutional inequities and areas for improvement
  • participate in an Equity Academy, facilitated by AAC&U and the Center for Urban Education, on October 7-8, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • develop defined campus action plans and institutional tracking models to measure:
    • increased access to and participation in high-impact practices (HIPs)
    • increased completion, retention, and graduation rates for low-income, first-generation, adult learners and/or minority students
    • increased achievement of learning outcomes for underserved students using direct assessment measures, including AAC&U's VALUE Rubrics
    • increased student awareness and understanding of the value of guided learning pathways that incorporate HIPs for workforce preparation and engaged citizenship (i.e completion with a purpose)
  • share campus actions plans and resources for policies and practices that more equitably advance student learning and success through a special issue of AAC&U's Peer Review and a project brochure

AAC&U Project Staff 

Tia Brown McNair, Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

Vida Rivera, Program Associate and Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success 

* Carthage College is supported by Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates.