UIA - Ford YR 3 - University Innovation Alliance (ASUF 30005764)

Project: Research project

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UIA - Ford YR 3 - University Innovation Alliance (ASUF 30005764) UIA - University Innovation Alliance (Ford Grant) - Renewal - 2 The UIA represents the collaborative efforts of 11 public research universities to reshape the future of higher education by improving the educational attainment and economic prospects of low-income students. The UIA's shared vision is that by piloting new interventions, sharing insights about their relative costs and effectiveness, and scaling those interventions that are successful, we will significantly increase the number of low-income Americans graduating with quality college degrees and that, over time, our collaborative work will catalyze systemic changes in the entire higher education sector. The purpose of the UIA is to identify, scale, and diffuse a series of promising innovations toward the goal of increasing graduation rates among low-income students and to conduct a rigorous evaluation of the UIA's effectiveness as an innovation process. To achieve the objectives of this project, UIA member institutions work collaboratively to develop, coordinate, and lead the UIA, creating practical outcomes with value to the movement to increase access and retention at public universities. UIA member institutions include: Arizona State University, Georgia State University, Iowa State University; Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, Oregon State University, Purdue University, University of California-Riverside, University of Central Florida, University of Kansas, University of Texas-Austin. Through our first two years, the UIA has made significant progress in scaling and sharing student success initiatives among our campuses. For instance, at the time the UIA launched, three campuses had predictive analytics systems up and running; today nine institutions are using predictive analytics to intervene with students at risk of not completing their degree. Likewise, our regular convenings of student success teams, liaisons, and UIA Fellows has led to ideas transfer in the areas of process mapping, pre-freshman summer bridge programs, and retention grants, all designed to identify and remove roadblocks to student success and college completion, particularly among under-represented students. In our third year, the UIA will continue to build on the success of these initiatives and promote additional opportunities to share student success innovation across campuses. In addition, a major focus of our work will be the implementation of the Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success project, a 10,000-student random-control trial across 11 campuses to evaluate the impact of data-driven strategies that support first-generation college students. The work is being led by Georgia State University, which received a First in the World grant from the US Department of Education to coordinate the study. We will also continue to disseminate our findings and progress publicly, through media and in forums targeted toward the higher education and innovation communities.
Effective start/end date9/1/168/31/17


  • Ford Foundation: $300,000.00


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