Eleven major public research universities have entered into a partnership in an effort to increase the number of students from low-income families who earn a college degree. The University Innovation Alliance says that it will test and disseminate proven innovations in education so college and universities across the country can be more successful in retaining and graduating all students.
Participating institutions are Arizona State University, Georgia State University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, and Oregon State University. Other members of the alliance are Purdue University, Ohio State University, the University of California, Riverside, the University of Central Florida, the University of Kansas, and the University of Texas at Austin.
The participating universities all have programs to increase the retention and graduation rates of low-income students. Now they will share with each other – and the larger higher education community – strategies and programs that have been successful so that each institution will have the opportunity to adapt these programs to their campus.