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Fresh From the UIA (Campus Culture)

5 Ideas to Implement in the New Year
The University Innovation Alliance invites higher ed leaders to start the New Year with a review of relevant research from our Scholarship to Practice podcast and blog posts. Learn about new ideas and emerging trends to improve student success and support equity at your institution.
12 Reasons Why Higher Ed Leaders Are Grateful
We'd love to share our favorite affirmations, shout-outs, and hat tips from college presidents and chancellors who, despite the challenges they experience throughout the year, always seem to lead with gratitude.
Don Pope-Davis, The Innovating Together Podcast
Don Pope-Davis, Dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University, discusses the Dean’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Program, the thinking and groundwork that led to its development, and preparing a campus culture for any large-scale diversity initiative.
TJ Stewart, The Innovating Together Podcast
TJ Stewart, Assistant Professor of Student Affairs & Higher Education at Iowa State University, discusses unrecognized student groups in need of equitable treatment, the myths and realities of critical race theory, and faculty and staff activism in the interest of social justice.
Alexander Cartwright, The Innovating Together Podcast
Alexander Cartwright, University of Central Florida President, discusses receiving an enormous philanthropic gift, partnering with community colleges, and new leadership lessons learned during the pandemic.
Richard Reddick, The Innovating Together Podcast
Dr. Richard Reddick, professor and associate dean at University of Texas at Austin, talks about the problem of cultural taxation at universities seeking to practice equity and inclusion -- expected and uncompensated leadership from members of marginalized groups.
Shirley Collado, The Innovating Together Podcast
Dr. Shirley Collado, President of Ithaca College, used the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic to launch a new strategic plan that will make the school more efficient and competitive while creating a more fulfilling, relevant student experience.
Change Management

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a movement in higher education to do a better job supporting student success and graduating students across the socioeconomic spectrum - particularly low-income students, first-generation students, and students of color. Here at the UIA we’ve been leading that effort, but change is difficult, especially at large institutions. So, along the way, we’ve picked up an array of insights about what makes change possible in the higher ed environment.

Low Tech Change

When we talk about how to make higher education more student centric, we talk a lot about innovation. Innovation, however, isn’t synonymous with technology. In fact, a lot of the improvements we test and adopt across the UIA are simple, low tech changes aimed at simplifying the systems students navigate every day.

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