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Equity in Excellence?



In the spring of 2013, Metropolitan State University of Denver began work on an exciting new initiative called Equity in Excellence with the objective of identifying concrete measures of equity in higher education and plans to close identified equity gaps.  MSU Denver worked in tandem at the state level with the University of Colorado at Denver and Community College of Aurora.  The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), the Colorado Community College System, the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the Rossier School of Education (University of Southern California) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) all supported the tri-institutional collaboration.  Funding for the project was provided nationally by the Ford Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and internally the work was sponsored by MSU Denver's Office of Academic & Student Affairs.

Find out more about what this initiative is and the impact it is having on our students and campus community on the Mission Statement tab.


What does equity look like?

The concept of equity is used in different ways. Some people talk about closing the achievement gap. Others talk about underrepresented racial minorities. For the purposes of the Equity Scorecard process a numerically distinct definition of equity – parity in representation and outcomes for each underrepresented racial and ethnic student group – will be used.

 equity vs inequity infograph

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Equity Solutions Partnership Grant

MSU Denver is committed to improve access to higher education. It is this commitment that led to the development of the Equity Solutions Partnership Grant.