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UIA Annual Report
Celebrating the highlights of the UIA’s 2023 Annual Report, we look at increased degree completion rates, scale projects making the UIA an effective force for change, growing the University Innovation Lab, widening diffusion to the field, and the teams responsible for our ongoing success.
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.
Proactive Advising: A Playbook for Higher Education Innovators
The University Innovation Alliance introduces its publication "Proactive Advising: A Playbook for Higher Education Innovators," the findings of a four-year study that examines student graduation outcomes in relation to schools' advising culture and practices.
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.
Innovating Together: Results from the University Innovation Alliance
Dr. Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, describes how UIA's member schools met and surpassed their goal to graduate 68,000 first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income backgrounds... four years ahead of schedule.
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.

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