Learn More about the Inclusive Excellence Initiative
the Association of American
Colleges and Universities:
"Inclusive Excellence" (IE) is an initiative of the Association of American Colleges ad Universities (AAC&U). UW System adopted IE in 2009. AAC&U's Inclusive Excellence initiative focuses on teaching and learning. It advocates four goals:
IE asks us to view diversity as a real-world factor that helps everyone learn better when it is engaged deliberately.
IE asks us to shift our thinking
from diversity as a goal in
itself (typically focused on
numbers) to diversity as part of
the educational process.
IE expands the populations considered "diverse" while still focusing on historically-excluded populations such as students of color.
IE asks us to recognize that diversity and inclusion are everyone's job just as much as excellence is.
UW System views IE as a planning process "to help each UW System institution establish a comprehensive and well-coordinated set of systemic actions that focus specifically on fostering greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and accountability at every level of university life. . . Above all, Inclusive Excellence asks us to actively manage diversity as a vital and necessary asset of collegiate life rather than as an external problem." To learn more about UW System's understanding of the initiative, go here: http://www.wisconsin.edu/vpacad/Inclusive_Excellence/index.htm
See also System's final report to the Board of Regents on Plan 2008, introducing Inclusive Excellence: http://www.uwsa.edu/bor/agenda/2009/march.pdf. The table on the benefits of diversity to the right is on page 125. Click on the image and it will get bigger.
Smarter and Happier!
"The Individual, Institutional, Private Business, and Societal Benefits of Diversity" (click to enlarge)
Given that higher education institutions are more than just places for teaching and learning (e.g., they are also workplaces, and for some, home), UW-L has adopted this definition of IE: "Inclusive Excellence is our active, intentional, and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive."