Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Posted by Association of American Colleges and Universities on August 21, 2017

Peer Review, Spring 2017
Vol. 19, No. 2

Since 1970, bachelor degree attainment among students from wealthy families nearly doubled, but it has barely changed for those from the poorest families. Sponsored by Strada Education Network and Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, this issue details the action plans from thirteen institutions for enhancing student success and academic achievement, especially among underserved populations of low-income, first-generation and minority students, as well as adult learners.

From the Guest Editors


  • Taking Equity-Minded Action to Close Equity Gaps
    Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux and Estela Mara Bensimon of the Center for Urban Education address higher education’s equity problem


  • Committing to Equity: A Catalyst for Institutional Transformation
    How Anne Arundel Community College integrated equity in its strategic plan
  • A Data-Informed Approach to Advancing Equity
    California State University–Northridge’s data-driven campus action plan
  • Project LAUNCH Begins with “L” for Learning
    Sacramento State’s Learning to Advance Underserved Communities in Higher Ed takes off
  • Fostering Inclusive Excellence for All Carthage College Students
    How Carthage’s commitment to supporting students in their process of self-discovery and preparation for the future aligns with Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence
  • Advancing Equity for Student Success
    Clark Atlanta University is developing and implementing viable, robust guided pathways for success to close the equity gaps
  • Promising Pathways: A Gateway to Equity-Mindedness
    Dominican University has developed an equity leadership team, a data analysis framework, and a faculty development program
  • Campus-Based Strategies for African American Student Success
    Florida International’s commitment to remaining an accessible institution for the South Florida community
  • Building an Equity-Minded Pathway for Transfer Students
    Governors State University has worked to provide a growing number of underrepresented first-year, first-time, and first-generation college students with all the benefits of a university education
  • Facing Ourselves, Engaging Our Students: Equity-Minded Practices at Work
    Lansing Community College is closing the equity gaps in student success to reach 100 percent completion for students in certificate, degree, and transfer pathways
  • Data-Driven Action Plans for Student Success and Inclusive Excellence
    Morgan State’s data-driven framework to align project goals with campus goals
  • Achieving Student Success for African American Males
    A new advising model and high-impact practices at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • The Pomona College Quantitative Pathways Project
    Examining institutional culture and promoting change to create an educational environment that reflects equity and inclusive excellence
  • Wright College’s Equity Initiative: Moving from Implicit to Explicit
    Chicago’s largest City College moves from an implicit idea that a “rising tide lifts all boats” to an explicit, race-conscious equity framework

Reality Check

  • Students Thrive When Institutions Commit to Equity and Excellence
    How institutions address their equity gaps by raising student awareness and understanding of guided learning pathways

Peer Review provides a quarterly briefing on emerging trends and key debates in undergraduate education. Each issue is focused on a specific topic, provides comprehensive analysis, and features campus perspectives.

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