AAC&U Inclusive Excellence Commission (IEC)

The Inclusive Excellence Commission complements Inclusive Excellence: Engaging All Students in Science, an HHMI initiative that challenges US institutions to substantially and sustainably increase their capacity for the inclusion of all students.

The Inclusive Excellence Commission complements HHMI's newest initiative, Inclusive Excellence: Engaging All Students in Science, playing a crucial role in the development, implementation, and advancement of a conceptual realist model for inclusive excellence in STEM. The Commission functions as a working group and consists of a core of nationally and internationally recognized experts in the following areas:

  • Underrepresented STEM Student Access and Persistence
  • STEM Faculty Development
  • Institutional Data Analysis for Inclusive Excellence in STEM
  • Institutional Change and Capacity Building for Inclusive Excellence in STEM
  • Evaluation of Complex Systems for STEM Reform

The Commission is chaired by Dr. Kelly Mack, Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope at AAC&U. Dr. Mack will lead discussions and coordinate the writing and publishing of Commission reports, as well as collaborate with HHMI program officers to develop the Commission's membership.

About the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute plays a powerful role in advancing scientific research and education in the United States. Its scientists, located across the country and around the world, have made important discoveries that advance both human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. The Institute also aims to transform science education into a creative, interdisciplinary endeavor that reflects the excitement of real research.

The program announcement for the third round of the Inclusive Excellence competition (IE3) that will select 30 additional schools for awards is now available. All awards will be for five years and total $1 million. IE3 is open to all four-year institutions that offer a baccalaureate degree in the natural sciences, are not-for-profit, and are accredited by their regional accrediting organization. Institutions that are already part of the IE community are not eligible to submit a new pre-proposal.

HHMI Inclusive Excellence Program

The Inclusive Excellence (IE) Initiative began in 2017 with a cohort of 24 universities and colleges (IE1) and added a second cohort of 33 institutions (IE2) in 2018. Information on the Inclusive Excellence 3 Learning Community (IE3LC) initiative can be found on the IE3LC program page.

A New Strategy to Build Capacity for Creativity

Achieving science excellence depends on our ability to engage a diverse community of scientists that discovers creative solutions to difficult problems

The Excellence Experiment Podcast

The Excellence Experiment is a nine-episode podcast series that affords listeners an exclusive look into Inclusive Excellence. Each listening experience will offer a peek into the lab notebook of individuals and institutions who are actively engaged in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Initiative, an experiment that explores institutional capacity building for transformation as an approach to education reform in undergraduate science. Episodes illuminate the processes of organizational learning and institutional change, in real time, as they are happening.

HHMI Inclusive Excellence Grantee List

AAC&U Vice President Kelly Mack to lead the IEC commission as it evaluates Inclusive Excellence campus interventions implemented by HHMI Grantees

Commission Members

  • Kelly Mack

    Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope
  • Melvin Hall

    AAC&U Senior Fellow
  • Patrice McDermott

    Patrice McDermott

    Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • John Matsui

    John Matsui

    Director, Biology Scholars Program & Assistant Dean, Biological Sciences University of California, Berkeley
  • Tykeia Robinson

    Tykeia Robinson

    Associate Director for Research and Policy
  • Kate Winter

    Kate Winter

    Independent Evaluation Consultant