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2021: Teamwork, Completion Grants, and Workforce Readiness
The University Innovation Alliance continues to review its 2021 accomplishments. This blog focuses on the Completion Grants program and Bridging the Gap From Education to Employment, an initiative that helps graduates transition from college to the current job market.
2021: How Universities Collaborated for Student Success
The University Innovation Alliance reviews some of its 2021 accomplishments. This blog focuses on the Black Student Success Initiative, the Doctoral Research Fellows Program, and collaborations with the Gates Foundation's Frontier Set and the We All Count project for equity in data science.
Tim Renick, The Innovating Together Podcast
Tim Renick, Executive Director of the National Institute for Student Success at Georgia State University, discusses institutional initiatives for student success, using data to determine best practices, and his qualifications for leading this emerging field.
Harold Martin, The Innovating Together Podcast
Harold L. Martin, Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University, discusses the benefits of the University Innovation Alliance, how his institution might best use increased federal funds, and the power of organizational stability in times of change.
Gaye Theresa Johnson, The Innovating Together Podcast
Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor at University of California, Los Angeles, talks about community-engaged scholarship, the sensitive interface between institutions and non-academic communities outside the gate, and why proactive leadership is critical in how they engage.
Sara Goldrick-Rab, The Innovating Together Podcast
Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of sociology and medicine at Temple University and founder of the nonprofit Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, talks about the prevalence of food and housing insecurity among the higher ed population, and how schools can address these realities.
Seniors

Over the past three years, UIA campuses have awarded over $3 million in completion grants to more than 4,000 low-income students. If you’re considering implementing new types of just-in-time financial aid (such as completion grants, retention grants, or emergency aid) at your institution, here are four key lessons we’ve learned along the way.

Higher Ed Collaborations

LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 26, 2018—While college campuses rarely reach outside their walls to collaborate with other campuses, ten postsecondary institutions have pledged to work together to share best practices, help pilot innovations and openly discuss risks and failures.

The new collaborations are the result of a challenge grant supported by ECMC Foundation and in partnership with the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a group of 11 public research institutions committed to increasing the number and socioeconomic diversity of college graduates.

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