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Improving College Completion Through Collaboration and Scale

Randall Brumfield (University of Kansas, USA)
Joel Hartman (University of Central Florida, USA)
Additional Authors
Sandra Archer (Archer Analytics, LLC, USA)
Tim Renick (Georgia State University, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 10:15am
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Theory/Conceptual Framework
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Information Session
Oceanic 8
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 6

Learn how 11 public research universities are collaborating to increase graduation rates among low-income, first-generation students, scaling proven strategies across the U.S.

Extended Abstract

Today, graduation rates in the United States are continuing to slip behind, putting the country further at risk of competing with better-educated global workforces. And, the achievement gap in higher ed is striking: high-income students are seven times more likely to obtain a college degree than are low-income students. To address these issues, a consortium of 11 public research universities have committed to work together in cross-functional teams to test and scale effective innovations across their campuses in order to graduate 68,000 additional graduates over the next decade.
In its inaugural year, UIA members are working to the use of data analytics to help identify struggling students earlier on in their academic career. Based on the success of three member campuses Georgia State University, Arizona State University and the University of Texas at Austin the Alliance will work to scale these various technology-based innovations across all campuses. During this session, hear from Georgia State University about how they built cross-disciplinary teams that are using analytics and technology to support at-risk students on campus. Leaders from University of Central Florida and Michigan State University will share about their own applications of technology, and how they're applying the lessons of other members institutions. Together, the university representatives will discuss what they've learned so far, and why they believe institutional collaboration is the way forward in scaling new innovations.

The University Innovation Alliance (UIA), which launched in September 2014 with the support of six philanthropic partners, includes Arizona State University, Purdue University, Georgia State University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Iowa State University, The Ohio State University, the University of California, Riverside, the University of Central Florida, The University of Kansas, and The University of Texas at Austin.