We are 11 large public research universities working together to help more low-income & first generation students succeed
Our campuses have increased the number of degrees awarded to low-income students by 0 percent
We help universities share ideas & work together to ensure all students succeed
Who We Are
The University Innovation Alliance is the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to increasing the number and diversity of college graduates in the United States.
We share a sense of urgency about this work because we are public universities with a public mission. Higher education needs to do a better job of graduating students across the socioeconomic spectrum, particularly low-income students, first-generation students, and students of color. Raising graduation rates is imperative for individual social mobility and U.S. global competitiveness.
For too long, colleges and universities wasted time and resources trying to solve this graduation challenge by themselves. It was inefficient and ineffective, and students paid the price. In 2014, we flipped the script. We decided to innovate together. We set ambitious goals, opened up our data, and agreed to share everything we learn.
Since we began, our 11 campuses are producing 29.6% percent more low-income bachelor degree graduates per year and 16.1% more overall. That’s nearly 13,000 additional graduates annually and an additional 100,000 graduates by academic year 2022-23. We believe this work is a movement, and we're just getting started.
Five years ago we set an ambitious goal together: we would commit to graduate an additional 68,000 students above our existing projections, and at least half would be from low-income backgrounds. We committed to hold each other accountable, and it’s working: we are currently on track to produce 94,000 additional degrees by 2025, and we have increased our low-income graduates by 29%.
Since our public launch in 2014, we’ve learned a lot about which innovations are most effective to help students stay in school and graduate. We’ve also learned a lot about how to transfer good ideas from one institution to another. Now, we’re capturing and sharing what we’ve learned to support colleges and universities across the country, because we want others to build on our work.
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.