University Innovation Alliance: Lessons From Collaboration to Scale
The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) is a consortium of 11 large public research universities—led by university presidents and chancellors—committed to making high-quality college degrees accessible to a diverse body of students. Because UIA member institutions serve large numbers of first generation, low-income students—the group lagging farthest behind in earning college degrees—they are at the forefront of America’s race to regain its educational edge and increase economic opportunity and mobility. The Alliance’s primary objective is to increase the rate at which students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds graduate from college. To advance toward that goal, UIA member universities will act as an innovation cluster, developing and testing new initiatives, sharing data, and scaling best practices across the Alliance progress. UIA leaders will share lessons learned to date, their assessment of what’s needed to close the achievement gap, and why collaboration is the right path forward.