Fresh From the UIA (Graduation)

Completion Grants: Innovative Financial Aid for Today's Students
The University Innovation Alliance partnered with The Chronicle of Higher Education for a panel discussion on completion grants, an emerging financial aid strategy for students nearing graduation. Guests included Tim Renick, Jessica Rowland Williams, Sharon Perry Fantini, Kim Cook, and Tony Erwin.
Arne Duncan, Partnership & Policy for Academic Advising
Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, discusses the need for institutions to support student success, the need for government to encourage institutions in this effort, and the urgency for moving ahead with these initiatives.
Maria Flynn, The Innovating Together Podcast
Maria Flynn, President and CEO of Jobs for the Future, discusses connecting college graduates with employment opportunities, the skills required in an evolving career marketplace, and the challenges of scaling a nonprofit within a volatile ecosystem.
UIA Map of Founding Members and Expansion Campuses

University Innovation Alliance expands for the first time in six years as founding members exceed graduation targets by over 73,000 students 

PORTLAND, OREGON  (June 7, 2021) The University Innovation Alliance, a pioneering consortium of public research universities working to improve student success, announced

Low Income Graduates

Portland, Ore. – September 25, 2017 – College completion data released today by the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) shows that the number of low-income graduates has increased by 24.7 percent among participating universities over the past three years, marking significant progress toward the Alliance’s goal of graduating an additional 68,000 undergraduates by 2025.

Michael Crow SXSW

In this bracing seven minute talk, ASU President Michael Crow provides a sweeping view how higher education evolved in America, from the first wave of "colonial colleges" like Harvard, Princeton, Bowdoin all the way to the current and fifth wave in which "full immersion and digital immersion are possible, costs are constrained, and the scale is all scales from individual learner to massive groups of learners."

Launching the Next Wave in Higher Education with ASU President Michael Crow

Research Universities

PORTLAND, Ore. – March 3, 2016 – The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) today announced an additional $3.85 million in new funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, and USA Funds to support its work to improve college completion rates.

“This additional support highlights the philanthropic community’s enthusiasm for effective collaboration among colleges and universities to share and scale student success innovation,” said UIA Vice Chair and Georgia State University President Mark Becker.

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month marks the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. To celebrate, the White House has recognized institutions that serve as benchmark programs of innovation and effectiveness for increasing college participation and completion rates for Latina and Latino students. Take a look at the innovative programs four UIA universities are being recognized for—these could end up on other UIA campuses soon!

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