UIA - Ford - University Innovation Alliance (ASUF 30005764)

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UIA - Ford - University Innovation Alliance (ASUF 30005764) UIA - University Innovation Alliance (Ford Renewal) The University Innovation Alliance grew out of a desire by our member institutions to address the disparity in graduation rates across student populations. Our institutions are concerned by the growing performance gap between students of economic means and those of lesser means. We are also troubled by the slow diffusion of student success innovation focused upon serving students across the socioeconomic and ethnic spectrum. Though we know that talent and drive are equally distributed, between 1970 and 2011, the graduation rate among Americans in the top income quartile rose an estimated 31 points, to 71 percent. Over the same four decades, the graduation rate for the lowest income quartile increased just 4 points, to a little over 10 percent. In addition, only about one-third of African Americans ages 25-34 and one-quarter of Latinos in the same age range have earned any kind of postsecondary credential. These widening opportunity and performance gaps coupled with a troubling college degree shortage facing our economy call for immediate action. While UIA member universities were making progress in addressing this challenge on their own, their leaders know that by collaborating sharing ideas, experiences, resources, and more they can accelerate student success innovation and yield positive results for students at a broad scale. As anyone who has worked in or examined higher education can attest, it is very difficult to collaborate at the institutional level. Most universities tend to work alone, in silos. As a result, neither mistakes nor successes get shared, and evolution takes much longer on a national scale. Our hope and belief is that changing this model to encourage more collaboration and idea-sharing will minimize wasted effort and wasted resources and generate more rapid progress.
Effective start/end date10/1/159/30/16


  • Ford Foundation: $300,000.00


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