UIA - Kresge - University Innovation Alliance (ASUF 30005764)

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UIA - Kresge - University Innovation Alliance (ASUF 30005764) UIA - University Innovation Alliance (Kresge Grant) The University Innovation Alliance (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. Despite the rising value of a college education, the United States is struggling to produce college graduates and low income and minority populations especially are suffering the consequences. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that while 12% of first-time dependent college students nationally in 2003-04 were from families in the lowest income quintile, only 6% of bachelors graduates in 2007-08, and just 5% of graduates from public research universities were from the bottom quintile. By contrast, 46% of public research university graduates were from families in the top 20% of the income distribution. In addition, only about 1 in 5 African Americans and Latinos aged 25-34 have earned any kind of postsecondary credential. The US population is expected to increase by 56 million between 2000 and 2020, and of those, 46 million will be members of minority groups. As a whole, ethnic minorities are expected to make up the majority of the US population by 2043, while the under- 18 population group will reach a non-white majority in just five years. If colleges and universities are unable to find a way to increase the rate at which these groups earn postsecondary credentials, many young people will suffer bleak job prospects and lower incomes and our nation as a whole will see its economic potential shrink. As public research universities currently serving a large proportion of low-income and minority students, UIA member institutions believe they can be leaders in improving social and economic mobility in three ways: by serving a large proportion of low-income students; by modeling for other institutions the practices and commitment necessary to succeed; and by applying intellectual and research capacity to the issue, as they do to other significant social and scientific challenges. This project aligns with Kresges Pathways to and through College strategy in several ways. UIA member institutions share Kresges commitment to providing low income, first generation, minority students more opportunities to seek and obtain a high quality college degree. Each of our universities has been recognized for aggressively driving innovations to serve more students with quality programs at sustainable cost. This is the first time a group of large public research universities has self-organized across state and conference lines specifically to test and scale solutions to problems of access and graduation in higher education. 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, they will significantly increase the number of low-income Americans graduating with quality college degrees and that, over time, their collaborative work will catalyze systemic changes in the entire higher education sector. Ultimately, we want other institutions to adopt, adapt, and refine UIA innovations, or be inspired to develop great solutions of their own that will be shared. Beyond enhancing our own institutions, UIA members aspire to invigorate efforts in all colleges and universities to produce the better-educated workforce our nation must have to ensure continued prosperity for Americans.
Effective start/end date7/1/146/30/17


  • Kresge Foundation: $920,000.00


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