Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

March 26, 2018

Episode 16: Achieving Equity in Higher Ed

From the 2018 American Council on Education (ACE) meeting, “Achieving Equity in Higher Ed” explores the concept of equity in and beyond college. Guests Ruth Simmons, Joseph Castro, Lorelle Espinosa, and Freeman Hrabowski discuss what equity means for institutions, students, presidential leadership, and public policy.

Additional Resources

The New York Times: Ruth Simmons on Cultivating the Next Generation of College Students

President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity

American Council on Education: ACE to Launch Multi-Year Initiative to Examine Equity Gaps in Higher Education

American Council on Education: Pulling Back the Curtain: Enrollment and Outcomes at Minority Serving Institutions

American Council on Education: The Data-Enabled Executive: Using Analytics for Student Success and Sustainability 

TED Talk: 4 Pillars of College Success in Science

Issues in Science and TechnologyToward a More Diverse Research Community: Models of Success

Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth, from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement 

Guest Bios

Ruth Simmons, named president of Prairie View A&M University in December 2017, previously served as president of Brown University and Smith College, the largest women’s college in the country. Her tenure at Brown made her the first black president of an Ivy League institution.



Joseph Castro has served as president of California State University, Fresno since 2013. Previously, he was vice chancellor of Student Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).



Lorelle Espinosa serves as assistant vice president for ACE Center for Policy Research and Strategy. She is responsible for the co-development and management of research on issues of diversity and equity in 21st century higher education.



Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance.



Moderator Bio

Casey Green

Casey Green, the moderator and co-producer of To A Degree, is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of eLearning and information technology in American higher education. Check out his blog, Digital Tweed, and follow him on Twitter at @DigitalTweed.



To A Degree is produced for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation by G2 Education. Jinny Goldstein, the co-founder of G2Ed, is the executive producer of To A Degree.