Diversity, Equity, & Inclusive Excellence

Since 1971 AAC&U has developed initiatives that bring together faculty and institutions of higher learning to provide national leadership that advances diversity and equity in higher education, and the best educational practices for an increasingly diverse population. AAC&U understands diversity and equity as fundamental goals of higher education and as resources for learning that are valuable for all students, vital to democracy and a democratic workforce and to the global position and wellbeing of the United States. AAC&U's commitment to make excellence inclusive—to bring the benefits of liberal education to all students—is rooted deeply in commitment to a diverse, informed, and civically active society. 

Recently, AAC&U joined with more than a hundred diverse organizations and individuals as partners in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation enterprise. With particular attention to the role of higher education, the Fall 2016 issue of Liberal Education provides an overview of this wide-ranging effort to heal racial divides in communities across the country.

Campus Models and Case Studies

Building Relationships and Changing Narratives at Rutgers University–Newark and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Since 2017, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has guided the development of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers on college and university... Read More

The Impacts of Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

In 1970, after one hundred years as a traditional science and engineering university, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) re-engineered its technological education to a new, student-centered... Read More

Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning for Curricular Coherence

As soon as new students step on their college campuses for the first time, they already face roadblocks to graduation. Maybe they don’t know how to apply for financial aid, they can’t decipher... Read More

Introducing the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers

On January 19–23, 2018, more than one hundred faculty, staff, and students from the first ten Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers and nineteen visiting institutions... Read More

Online Learning with a SOUL: Ensuring Quality and Access at The American Women’s College

Students in the all-women undergraduate program at Bay Path University often talk about the “sisterhood” and the supportive environment fostered by their instructors, administrators, and each other... Read More
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