Aspire Partners

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Logo

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 240 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Logo

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) seeks to enhance excellence in STEM undergraduate education through development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing evidence-based teaching practices for diverse learners. CIRTL was founded in 2003 as a National Science Foundation Center for Learning and Teaching in higher education. CIRTL uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. The goal of CIRTL is to improve the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby to increase the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation.

2-Year College Organizations

Achieving the Dream Logo

Achieving the Dream is a comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success. Together with a network of higher ed institutions, coaches and advisors, state policy teams, investors and partners, ATD is helping more than 4 million community college students have a better economic opportunity and achieve their dreams.

Advanced Technological Education Central Logo

ATE manages the community of NSF Advanced Technical Education (ATE) grant winners, building connections between projects and people. The ATE program mission “... emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE (Advanced Technological Education) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.

American Association of Physics Teachers Logo

AAPT was established in 1930 with the fundamental goal of ensuring the "dissemination of knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching." Founders, Homer L. Dodge, Paul E. Klopsteg, and William S. Webb, led the effort to organize the first association dedicated to improving physics education. Today that vision is supported by members around the world.

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Logo

The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges was founded in 1974. It is the only organization exclusively devoted to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college.

California Community Colleges’ Success Network Logo

3CSN is an initiative of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Iowa Department of Education Logo

Through leadership and service to the state education system, the Iowa Department of Education works to ensure all students are ready for college and career training and receive the postsecondary support they need to succeed. The Department provides oversight to the state education system that includes public elementary and secondary schools, nonpublic schools that receive state accreditation, area education agencies, community colleges, and teacher preparation programs.

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Logo

NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources for community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars.

Project MATCH Logo

A one semester instructional development program promoting quality instruction and diversity in community college teaching.

Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3) Logo

The Two Year College Chemistry Consortium provides a forum for chemistry educators to enhance student learning through our professional development conferences.

4-Year Master’s and Doctoral Organizations

Association of American Universities Logo

Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities comprises 62 distinguished research universities across the United States that continually advance society through education, research, and discovery. Our universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for academic research and are educating tomorrow’s visionary leaders and global citizens.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Logo

Headquartered in the Midwest, the Big Ten Academic Alliance is the nation’s preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. For more than half a century, these world-class institutions have advanced their academic missions, generated unique opportunities for students and faculty, and served the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and collaborating on innovative programs. Governed and funded by the Provosts of the member universities, Big Ten Academic Alliance mandates are coordinated by a staff from its Champaign, Illinois headquarters.

University of California Office of President Logo

The Office of the President is the systemwide headquarters of the University of California, managing its fiscal and business operations, and supporting the academic and research missions across its campuses, labs and medical centers.

URG-Serving Organizations

ADVANCE Implementation Mentors Network Logo

The AIM Network currently consists of over 90 ADVANCE Program Directors/Coordinators (change agents) representing more than 60 National Science Foundation ADVANCE funded projects throughout the United States.

AIM Network Goal - to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of the national ADVANCE efforts by establishing an ADVANCE Community of Practice (CoP) To this extent, the AIM Network seeks to provide ADVANCE change agents with information, mentoring, and professional development.

The Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE) will serve as a national model for fostering regional connections that contribute to building the NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering & Science) Network. The Center collaborates with the NSF INCLUDES coordination hub to deliver the three critical functions of the national broadening participation (BP) network: communication and networking, network assistance and reinforcement, and visibility and expansion.

Southern Regional Education Board Logo

Where Policy Meets Practice

SREB works with states to improve education by providing policymakers reliable data to inform sound policies. SREB helps states collaborate to share resources and serves educators with training that transforms teaching to prepare students for what comes next.

Women in Engineering ProActive Network, Inc Logo

WEPAN is the nation’s foremost network dedicated to advancing cultures of inclusion and diversity in engineering higher education and workplaces. WEPAN connects people, research and practice; and power initiatives, projects and professional development that equip advocates with the tools to create sustainable, systems-level changes that allow ALL in engineering to thrive.

Knowledge Organizations

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The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is a research-practice partnership and network of peer institutions dedicated to improving outcomes in faculty recruitment, development, and retention. Under COACHE, more than 250 colleges, universities, and state systems have strengthened their capacity to identify the drivers of faculty success and implement informed changes.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Logo

The world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its Science family of journals, AAAS has individual members in more than 91 countries around the globe. Membership is open to anyone who shares our goals and belief that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today.

Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research Logo

CIMER faculty and staff investigate approaches for improving research mentoring relationships for organizations and institutions. CIMER develops, implements and evaluates mentor and mentee training using theoretically-grounded, evidence-based, and culturally-responsive training interventions and investigations.

Council for the Study of Community Colleges Logo

The Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and a project of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges. Council members include university-based researchers and community college practitioners who further scholarship on the community college enterprise.

National Academic Advising Association Logo

NACADA is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students.

Disciplinary & Professional Development Organizations

ACCESS brings together diversity-focused committees from five different scientific societies into a meta-organization designed to share strategies to advocate for STEM access for all.

ACCESS accomplishes this through:

- Regular meetings to share data and best practices in scientific society STEM diversity-building programs

- Dissemination of findings through peer-reviewed publications, white papers, conference presentations, and an online database of existing scientific society STEM diversity-building programs

- Broadening ACCESS to encompass additional societies, including those with existing diversity and inclusion programs and those with plans to develop such programs

American Chemical Society Logo

Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society. Its mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. Its vision is to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

American Mathematical Society Logo

The AMS, founded in 1888 to further the interests of mathematical research and scholarship, serves the national and international community through its publications, meetings, advocacy and other programs, which

  • promote mathematical research, its communication and uses,

  • encourage and promote the transmission of mathematical understanding and skills,

  • support mathematical education at all levels,

  • advance the status of the profession of mathematics, encouraging and facilitating full participation of all individuals,

  • foster an awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life.

American Physical Society Logo

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

American Society for Cell Biology Logo

ASCB is an inclusive, international community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life.

American Society for Engineering Education Logo

Founded in 1893, the American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. It accomplishes this mission by

  • promoting excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice;

  • exercising worldwide leadership;

  • fostering the technological education of society; and

  • providing quality products and services to members.

American Statistical Association Logo

The American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians, the “Big Tent for Statistics.” It is the second-oldest, continuously operating professional association in the country. Since it was founded in Boston in 1839, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy.

Math Alliance Logo

Our goal is simple: we want to be sure that every underrepresented or underserved American student with the talent and the ambition has the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree in a mathematical science.

Math Association of America Logo

The Mathematical Association of America is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. We further the understanding of our world through mathematics because mathematics drives society and shapes our lives.

National Association of Geoscience Teachers Logo

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers works to raise the quality of and emphasis on teaching the geosciences at all levels. We count among our members K-12 teachers and college and university faculty as well as educators working with the general public through outlets such as museums and science centers.

National Postdoctoral Association Logo

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a member-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Since 2003, we have taken on the ambitious agenda to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience in the United States. We have assumed a leadership role in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope and requiring action beyond the local level.

Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education Logo

PULSE helps life sciences departments align with national education reform initiatives so they can develop inclusive, student-centered, evidence-based teaching and learning in order to cultivate the development of scientists who reflect the diversity of American society.

Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching Logo

The Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching empower and inspire college and university instructors to transform STEM education through evidence-based teaching practices. The Summer Institutes are dedicated to STEM education reform, improving science literacy, attracting more diverse students to research and increasing the number of students who become scientists at colleges and universities across the United States.

Network of STEM Education Centers Logo

NSEC is an organization of campus-based centers and offices that serve as catalysts for educational transformation in STEM. The network allows center leadership, university and college administrators, and state and national policymakers to have a central hub for their communal efforts.

Professional and Organizational Development in Higher Education Logo

The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education is devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education. Founded in 1976, POD provides its members with personal and academic relationships that are essential for professional growth.

Lead Partner Institutions

APLU Logo

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a lead organization in the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance with Howard Gobstein (PI), Travis York (Co-PI), and Kacy Redd (Co-PI).

The University of Wisconsin - Madison Logo

The University of Wisconsin Madison is a lead organization in the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance with Donald Gillian-Daniel (PI) and Robin Greenler (Co-PI).

Iowa State University Logo

Iowa State University is a lead organization in the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance with Craig Ogilive (PI), Mary Darrow (Co-PI), and Lorenzo Baber (Co-PI).

University of California, Los Angeles Logo

University of California Los Angeles is a lead organization in the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance with Jessica Gregg (PI) and Rachel Kennison (Co-PI).

University of Georgia Logo

The University of Georgia is a lead organization in the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance with Rochelle Sapp (PI) and Judy Milton (Co-PI).

University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso is a lead organization in the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance with Benjamin Flores (PI), Heidi Taboada (Co-PI), and James Grover (Co-PI).