A Vision for Equity: Results from AAC&U's Project "Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success"
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March 21, 2018

A Vision for Equity

Results from AAC&U's Project "Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success

AAC&U's free webinar, A Vision for Equity, was on Thursday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Recording online here.

A Vision for Equity is a critical new resource for higher education professionals working to identify and address disparities in student outcomes. Building on America’s Unmet Promise, which 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, A Vision for Equity includes case studies from thirteen institutions that participated in the Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence project.

The publication offers practical examples, models, data, and resources for campuses seeking to provide an equitable education to all students. In the chapters, each campus outlines how they sought to build internal capacity to address inequities in student outcomes and narrow equity gaps through the following objectives:

  • increased access to and participation in high-impact practices (HIPs)
  • increased completion, retention, and graduation rates for low-income students, first-generation students, adult learners, and minoritized students
  • increased achievement of learning outcomes for underserved students using direct assessment measures, including AAC&U’s Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) rubrics
  • increased student awareness and understanding of the value of guided learning pathways that incorporate HIPs for workforce preparation and engaged citizenship

The project and publication were funded by Strada Education Network and Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates.


Lorenzo L. Esters, Strada Education Network
Benjamin P. Dobner, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates

The Equity Imperative – Lynn Pasquerella, AAC&U
A Vision for Equity – Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U


  • Building and Sustaining an Equity-Minded Campus – Anne Arundel Community College
  • Becoming a Student-Ready University – California State University-Northridge
  • Project LAUNCH: From “Can’t Do” to “Can Do” – California State University-Sacramento
  • Combining Grassroots and Institutional Leadership to Promote Equity – Carthage College
  • Moving Forward in Advancing Equity for Student Success – Clark Atlanta University
  • Promising Pathways: Anatomy of a Successful Pilot – Dominican University
  • Campus-Based Strategies for African American Student Success – Florida International University
  • Building an Equity-Minded Pathway for Transfer Students – Governors State University
  • Embedding Equity through the Practice of Real Talk – Lansing Community College
  • Increasing Student Access to High-Impact Practices: Inclusive Excellence Project Findings – Morgan State University
  • Improving Student Success for Males at a Historically Black University – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Designing Quantitative Pathways toward STEM Success – Pomona College
  • Decreasing the Equity Gap Is a Winding Process: A Report of Outcomes – Wilbur Wright College

Making Sense of Data in Equity-Minded Ways – Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux, Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California
Reflections on the Meaning of Equity and the Practice of Equity-Mindedness – Estela Mara Bensimon, Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California

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