Join the IChange Network

Institutions of higher education interested in participating in the IChange Network are asked to complete an application that provides Aspire with information about the institution's readiness to change in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) including their awareness, commitment to DEI, resources, and their preparedness for network learning, as well as their connections to the goals and activities of Aspire. Calls for applications to the IChange Network are made on an annual basis.


The application period for joining the IChange Network (ICN) in 2019 has closed.

Received applications are currently under review. Institutions will be invited to join the ICN in September 2019.

The next opportunity to apply will be in late spring/early summer 2020.


Information for Applicants (Institutions)

Application Materials and Submission Guidelines

Timeline for Cohort 2 Application Process

      • May 15, 2019: Applications open
      • June 13, 2019: Application FAQ Webinar - Download Webinar Slides
      • July 1, 2019: Application FAQ Webinar - Download Webinar Slides
      • DEADLINE EXTENDED-August 5, 2019: Applications due at 12pm (ET)/ 9am (PT) to jbennett@aplu.org
      • September 2019: Institutions Invited to Join the Network
      • October 2019: Cohort 2 Members Announced
      • November 2019: First Virtual Cohort 2 Meeting & Launch of Institutional Self-Assessments

Application Reminders

      • Chief Academic Officers (or their representative) should complete the application.
      • Chief Academic Officers should identify a small team to work on the application that includes institutional leaders with knowledge of institutional faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention; STEM faculty practices and culture; and, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
      • Within the application, there are page limits for each major section (with a total application limit of 8 pages in Times New Roman 11 pt font). Institutions have flexibility within those page limits regarding the length of answers to questions in each section. We highly recommend that institutions provide a response to all questions, as failure to answer may harm the strength of the application.
      • Reviewers will only consider information contained within the text of the application itself, within the allowed page limits. Please do not include any additional attachments, refer to external reports or documents, or embed hyperlinks within the application, as these materials will not be reviewed.
      • The first task of institutions participating in the IChange Network is to complete the APLU INCLUDES/Aspire IChange Institutional Self-Assessment for Inclusive Faculty Recruitment, Hiring, & Retention.

Strong applications will:

      • Express clearly how participation in the IChange Network could help the institution achieve its goals and what the institution might be able to contribute to the Network.
      • Articulate the challenges facing the institution at this point in their process of developing a more inclusive and diverse faculty.
      • Demonstrate how participation in the IChange Network would be leveraged across campus and coordinated centrally.
      • Provide coherent and succinct narratives that helped reviewers see and understand the connections across different activities at the institution within the application.
      • Share institutional learning from previous change efforts and investments.
      • Present and contextualize data about the institution, including demographic data and climate and/or satisfaction surveys.
      • Document the resources available to support diversity, equity, and inclusion change efforts.
      • Outline how current initiatives (i.e., ADVANCE, AGEP, faculty professional development) would be strengthened, enhanced, expanded and/or connected to change efforts associated with the IChange Network.

Review and Selection Process

The second IChange Network cohort will have up to 25 institutional members. Institutions that are invited to participate will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding as part of acceptance to the Network.

The application review criteria and rubric can be found in the IChange Network's Submission Guidelines. Institutions will be evaluated on their articulation of readiness for change as well as their degree of alignment with Aspire’s goals and activities. Additionally, the final determination of composition of the cohort will consider the diversity of institutional characteristics as well the possibility of substantive peer learning within the Network.

The review committee is comprised of team members from across Aspire. An iterative review process, based on reviewers’ rubric ratings and cohort features, will be engaged to identify the invited institutions.