About Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence (I.E.) emerged in 2005 as an initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). It has continued to develop publications that assist organizations in rethinking conventional approaches to addressing issues of campus diversity. Specifically with funding from the Ford Foundation and under the leadership of Dr. Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, Vice President for Education and Institutional Renewal, AAC&U commissioned a series of scholarly articles delineating the concept of Inclusive Excellence; presenting the latest research on diversity; and outlining conceptual models revolutionizing higher education's approach to preparing students for an increasingly diverse society and world. The authors posited that change regarding diversity would only be efficacious if it were embedded comprehensively and ubiquitously into the entire institution in a systemic way.  Below are the seminal articles written in this order on Inclusive Excellence.

Milem, J.F., Chang, M. J. and Lising, A. 2005. Making diversity work on campus: A research-based perspective. Association of American Colleges and Universities: Washington, DC.

Bauman, G. L., Bustillos, L. T., Bensimon, E. M., M. Christopher Brown II, and Bartee, R. D. 2005. Achieving equitable educational outcomes with all students: The institution’s roles and responsibilities. Association of American Colleges and Universities: Washington, D.C.


Williams, D. A., Berger, J. B. and McClendon, S. A. 2005. Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence and Change in Postsecondary Institutions. Association of American Colleges and Universities: Washington, DC.