Inclusive Excellence: A Mission Imperative at the University of Dayton
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Inclusive Excellence is conceptualized by The Association of American Colleges & University’s in the Following Manner1:
The definition of Inclusive Excellence is intended to be flexible enough to be “localized” by a campus while also retaining basic principles to guide a national movement and to connect campuses in these efforts. The definition consists of four primary elements:
- A focus on student intellectual and social development. Academically, it means offering the best possible course of study for the context in which the education is offered.
- A purposeful development and utilization of organizational resources to enhance student learning. Organizationally, it means establishing an environment that challenges each student to achieve academically at high levels and each member of the campus to contribute to learning and knowledge development.
- Attention to the cultural differences learners bring to the educational experience and that enhance the enterprise.
- A welcoming community that engages all of its diversity in the service of student and organizational learning.
 Adopted from Damon Williams’ Strategic Diversity Leadership Approach, 2013, and Insight Into Diversity’s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award Criteria, 2017.
Making Diversity Work on Campus: A Research-Based Perspective
Discusses the conception of diversity as a process toward better learning rather than as an outcome—a certain percentage of students of color, a certain number of programs—to be checked off a list.
Achieving Equitable Educational Outcomes with All Students: The Institution’s Roles and Responsibilities
Discusses the responsibility that institutions have to examine the impact that traditional higher education practices have on those students historically underserved by higher education.
Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence in Postsecondary Institutions
Discusses a framework for comprehensive organizational change to help campuses achieve inclusive excellence; the “big picture”—an academy that systematically leverages diversity for student learning and institutional excellence.
Source: Association of American Colleges & Universities: //www.aacu.org/making-excellence-inclusive