Fresh From the UIA (Announcement)

Michael Rao, The Innovating Together Podcast
Michael Rao, President of Virginia Commonwealth University, discusses VCU joining the University Innovation Alliance, positivity among like-minded leaders, the benefits of shared experience and data, and the importance of maintaining an affirmative, human tone.
Size Up Edtech Startups

UIA Executive Director Bridget Burns will serve as a judge for SXSW EDU's eighth annual Launch and Learn by Design competition in Austin this year. Every year, a series of early stage education startups take the stage at SXSW EDU to pitch the work they're doing to industry experts, early adopters, investors, and educators during the eighth annual Launch competition. This year’s finalists include a company that makes an AI-powered companion robot for kids and audio-guided multimodal learning experiences. You can check out the full list of finalists and judges for the event here.

Michael Sorrell

We were thrilled to hear that Paul Quinn College's Michael Sorrell was recently named Higher Ed Dive's President of the Year for such student-centric initiatives such as lowering annual tuition, helping the college become a federally designated work college, and allowing students to work part-time as part of the curriculum. Earlier in 2018, President Sorrell was awarded the inaugural UIA National Award at our first ever National Summit. The speech he gave upon accepting it was was incredibly worthwhile.

Application Deadline Extended

Great news! We've extended the deadline for the UIA fellow position at Arizona State University by one week. The new deadline is Friday, July 13th 2018 at 5pm Mountain Time. For more information about this position and how to apply, visit the UIA fellowship program page.

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New Recruiting

Great news: we just kicked off our annual round of national recruiting for UIA fellows. The UIA Fellowship is a full-time, paid 12-24 month leadership development program that places top-tier early career professionals with institutions across our eleven member alliance. This year, we're recruiting for UIA fellows at Arizona State University, Ohio State University, University of California Riverside, and University of Central Florida. Get all the details here and spread the word! Note: we're currently recruiting for project fellows as well.

Student Success Summit

Portland, Ore. – The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) today released the formal agenda for its first ever National Summit for Student Success Innovation and Campus Transformation, which will take place April 3 through April 5, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Summit builds on the Alliance’s commitment to identifying, scaling, and sharing innovations that improve college graduation rates for first-generation college students and those from low-income backgrounds.

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