Association of American Colleges and Universities

Webinar – Excellence: A Critical Examination of Accountability, May 30

Posted on May 14, 2019

Please join our upcoming webinar, “Excellence: A Critical Examination of Accountability,” on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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. This contemporary reality requires that we boldly embrace a more dynamic conceptualization of excellence in undergraduate science education—one that advances innovation and rightfully positions inclusion as its necessary precondition.

This webinar will outline 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 will present their Agreements for Excellence in undergraduate science education, as well as critically examine 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 can expect to be 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 will also share their insights and perspectives on the impact of the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative on national undergraduate STEM reform.

There will be time for Q&A during the webinar, and we encourage participants to send questions in advance to webinars@aacu.org. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be available online 72 hours after the webinar ends.

Cost: Free for AAC&U members; $200 for nonmembers. Check your institution’s membership status here


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