University Innovation Alliance Adds First New Members; Releases new data on ambitious graduation goals from existing institutions

PORTLAND, Ore., June 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The University Innovation Alliance, a pioneering consortium of public research universities working to improve student success, has announced that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC ) and the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) was selected to become the first institution to join the consortium since its founding in 2014. The organization’s expansion follows the publication of news data that shows UIA founding members exceeded graduation targets set at President Obama’s College Opportunities Summit.

When it was launched at the end of 2014, the presidents of the UIA set themselves the objective of 68,000 students above their projected 10-year graduation rates, and pledged that half of these graduate students come from low-income backgrounds. Six years later, UIA member institutions surpassed this target by graduating an additional 73,573 students, increasing the number of graduates from low-income backgrounds by 36% and graduates of color by 73%. The founding institutions are now expected to have a total of 136,000 students by 2023, double the initial target launched during the White House Day of Action for the occasion in 2014.

“The doubling of the number of successful graduates, supported by the joint efforts of the UIA, reflects the power and the progress possible when higher education trades its silos for a collaboration capable of producing creative and achievable solutions for the education at scale, ”said Michael Crow, founding president of the University Innovation Alliance and president of Arizona State University. “Building on our knowledge and the valuable lessons learned in 2020, we are delighted to grow our prolific network with the help of UMBC and NC A&T, two exceptional institutions that fully understand what better educational outcomes mean. for learners and America’s future. “

As part of the Alliance’s next phase of work, campuses will focus on eliminating disparities in academic achievement based on race and ethnicity, in addition to focusing more on disparities based on race and ethnicity. income, generational status, gender and geography.

  • Since its founding, the Alliance has worked together to test, iterate and scale proven student success initiatives – such as predictive analytics, proactive counseling, completion grants, chatbots for success. of students and new career services – through its network. More recently, the Alliance published its Completion Grant Manual, based on its pilot project to provide small grants worth $ 3.6 million to help nearly 5,000 students graduate or stay enrolled in university.

With the Alliance’s increased focus on tackling racial gaps comes the first addition of two like-minded institutions to the UIA.

North Carolina State Agricultural and Technical University is the nation’s largest historically black college and university, and the largest producer of black undergraduate engineering and agricultural students, as well as black graduates in mathematics and in statistics. A land grant, doctoral research facility, and campus of the University of North Carolina system. It is one of the best national universities in the country in US News and World Reports Top college rankings in innovation, undergraduate education, and social mobility.

“We are delighted to join forces with ambitious and innovative peer institutions that share our commitment to reinventing what we do to be student-centered and transforming the future of higher education so that every student can succeed.” Said Harold L. Martin, Sr., Chancellor of North Carolina A&T. “Our university has made great strides in these areas over the past decade, and we look forward to both sharing our approaches and engaging with others on innovation that could lead to further success.”

The University of Maryland in Baltimore County opened in 1966 as a campus for students of all races. It is classified by Times Higher Education as one of the top 10 US universities for social and economic impact and is the top US producer of African American graduates who earn an MD / Ph.D. After graduating, 87 percent of UMBC graduates go straight to a job, a graduate degree, or both. Among those employed, the majority of students have completed an internship or worked for their employer as students. Last year alone, 73 percent of students completed a paid internship and more than 3,300 students and alumni visited the Career Center for coaching.

“I have long admired the ambitious work of the University Innovation Alliance,” said Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “Over the past two decades, we’ve worked tirelessly to create a culture committed to innovative teaching, relevant research, and building a supportive community to help inspire students, and we’re excited to share our ideas. and our tools with the UIA community. ”

“Thinking about the next chapter of the UIA, we looked at the results and mission of every R1 and R2 establishment in the country. A&T and UMBC immediately stood out for their leadership and commitment to student success, ”said Bridget Burns, UIA Executive Director. . “We look forward to learning from them and pushing forward an even more ambitious agenda on behalf of the students. We are just getting started.”

To learn more about the work of the University Innovation Alliance to date, visit

About the Alliance for University Innovation The University Innovation Alliance is a national consortium of leading public research universities covering the geographic, economic and social diversity of our country. Together, we are working to regain America’s economic competitive advantage by helping more students graduate with high-quality, affordable education. We do this by expanding participation in higher education and implementing proven programs that dramatically improve graduation rates for all students, regardless of their socio-economic background. Founding members of the Alliance include: Arizona State University, Georgia State University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Oregon State University, Purdue University, The Ohio State University, University of California, Riverside, University of Central Florida, University of Kansas, and the University of Texas at Austin. For more information visit

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