American Council on Education Closing Plenary: Equity and Innovation in Higher Education

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 9:45am to 11:15am

American Council on Education's 97th Annual Meeting
Promises to Keep: Higher Education and the Public Trust
March 14-17, 2015 | Washington, DC


Closing Plenary: 

Demographic data illustrate that moving into the future, colleges and universities can expect to see fewer traditional-aged students, and a greater proportion of students from communities of color, students from lower-income families, and first-generation students. These students will have diverse levels of academic preparation, learning preferences, and knowledge of college-going. Given constrained budgets into the foreseeable future, institutions have already turned to new learning technologies and approaches to provide quality, cost-effective ways to best educate these new students. From massive open online courses (MOOCs) to badges to competency-based education, this process of pedagogical innovation will continue to play out over the coming decades. Yet how should innovation be responsibly executed such that underrepresented students are not only reached, but served in a way that places their educational experiences on par with their more advantaged counterparts?   In this session, we will explore how innovation in higher education can be approached in ways that ensure equity of opportunity as we move toward College 2050.

Presentation of the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award



Kenneth J. Cooper

Cathy N. Davidson

Ted Mitchell

Waded Cruzado



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