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Professor Invited to Participate in New Gates Foundation Initiative

Professor Ana Martínez-Alemán
Professor Ana Martínez-Alemán

Lynch School Professor and Chair of the Educational Leadership and Higher Education Department, Ana Martínez-Alemán, has been invited by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to participate in the Equity Working Group (EWG). The group is part of a new initiative, General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Martinez-Aleman will participate in the initial planning year of the initiative, from December 2013 through November 2014.

The EWG will synthesize the latest research findings on what works for underserved students’ success and explore how current and potential educational strategies influence the demonstrated achievement of learning outcomes for underserved or less prepared students. The goal is to highlight avenues that avoid further disadvantaging these students, but also advance the depth and path of their learning so that all students can expect to reach equitable levels of achievement and degree completion.

During the 2014 planning year, GEMs will work with three working groups: the Design Working Group, Digital Resources Working Group, and the Equity Working Group. Together the groups will evaluate and recommend strategies and best practices for effective pathways that ensure the success and achievement of all students, particularly those who have been traditionally underserved by higher education.