Who We Are

The University Innovation Alliance is a coalition of eleven public research universities spanning the geographic, economic and social diversity of our country. We are committed to making quality college degrees accessible to a diverse body of students and consider this commitment a defining element of our public mission.

Because UIA member institutions serve large numbers of first generation, low-income students, we are at the forefront of America’s efforts to regain its educational edge and increase economic opportunity and mobility. Many of our universities have been recognized for aggressively driving innovations to serve more students with quality programs at sustainable cost. Now, we are going to work together to leverage our strengths and maximize our impact.

our goal:

To help more students succeed.

Meet The Alliance

Our goal is to improve outcomes for ALL students regardless of background. From predictive analytics to intensive advising, Alliance universities are helping students in highly innovative ways. Now, for the first time, we're going to introduce these innovations across the alliance to see what works on a larger scale. We are engaging in a public experiment to change the way universities work together and help more students achieve a quality college degree.

Our Partners


Our Universities

The University Innovation Alliance is:
  • Oregon State University
  • UC Riverside
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Kansas
  • Iowa State University
  • Purdue University
  • Michigan State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Central Florida

Our Work


As research universities it is our nature to experiment, solve problems, and discover new ideas. By working as an innovation cluster, the University Innovation Alliance will create a playbook of proven innovations to help students from all family backgrounds graduate. We will show what works across institutions and at scale, and we’re going to help spread these innovations nationally. For universities, this means spending less time on unproven strategies. For students, this means universities will work even harder for your success and lower the costs of a degree.

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Campus Success Stories

Our universities have a history of innovating to help low income students. Each institution has their own unique approach. Our diversity of perspective, experience, profile, location, and size are our strengths.

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