University Innovation Alliance

“Collaboration allows us to be nimble and try new things to ensure the greatest possibility of student success.” - Chancellor Douglas A. Girod, M.D.

Founded in 2014, the University Innovation Alliance is a coalition of eleven public research universities spanning the geographic, economic and social diversity of our country. UIA member institutions serve large numbers of first generation, low-income students, and seek to 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.

Innovate

As a national innovation cluster, UIA institutions will identify promising and innovative interventions to advance the goal of graduating more diverse and low-income students.

Scale

The UIA will provide valuable insight into how to scale or duplicate innovative ideas into new contexts more effectively and thus expand the reach of promising innovations.

Diffuse

The UIA will encourage practitioners around the country to learn about, apply and utilize innovations on their own campuses – and then discuss their successes and experiences with still more audiences.

UIA member institutions serve large numbers of first generation, low-income students, and seek to 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.
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Current Projects

In 2014, UIA institutions implemented student success management systems that aided in proactive advising strategies. These tools were used in varying capacities to address the retention needs of each campus.

The tools used at KU provided our campus with appointment scheduling, early alert, and predictive analytic capabilities. During the Fall 2018 semester, we started rolling out our current system, Jayhawk GPS. This new system provides us with new functionality designed to assist advisors and ehnhances how students engage with their academic advising experience.

The UIA's study, Monitoring Academic Analytics to Promote Student Success (MAAPS), seeks to validate the effectiveness of proactive advising in increasing retention, progression, and graduation rates for low-income and first generation university students. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's First in the World (FITW) Grant Competition, MAAPS is a randomized control trial that provides the treatment group with enhanced advising interventions in addition to the university's normal advising services. The control group will continue to receive the university's normal advising services. Given the design of the study, results have the promise to influence U.S. higher education to adopt more intentional and proactive advising strategies that increase student's likelihood of timely degree completion.

The Jayhawk Completion Grant was designed to provide microgrants to students in the final year of their degree program. The aim of this program was to get these students to graduation without an outstanding balance that may prevent them from registering for the classes in their last semester or obtaining their diploma after graduation. This grant is no longer available to students.

The Collegiate Leaders in Increasing MoBility—or CLIMB—Research Initiative is a partnership between leading higher education economists, policymakers, and a diverse set of U.S. colleges and universities. The study seeks to understand not only which colleges act as engines of intergenerational mobility, but why, and how schools and policymakers can promote opportunity and economic growth by helping larger numbers of low-income students reach the middle class.

In 2014, UIA institutions implemented student success management systems that aided in proactive advising strategies. These tools were used in varying capacities to address the retention needs of each campus.

The tools used at KU provided our campus with appointment scheduling, early alert, and predictive analytic capabilities. During the Fall 2018 semester, we started rolling out our current system, Jayhawk GPS. This new system provides us with new functionality designed to assist advisors and ehnhances how students engage with their academic advising experience.

The UIA's study, Monitoring Academic Analytics to Promote Student Success (MAAPS), seeks to validate the effectiveness of proactive advising in increasing retention, progression, and graduation rates for low-income and first generation university students. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's First in the World (FITW) Grant Competition, MAAPS is a randomized control trial that provides the treatment group with enhanced advising interventions in addition to the university's normal advising services. The control group will continue to receive the university's normal advising services. Given the design of the study, results have the promise to influence U.S. higher education to adopt more intentional and proactive advising strategies that increase student's likelihood of timely degree completion.

The Jayhawk Completion Grant was designed to provide microgrants to students in the final year of their degree program. The aim of this program was to get these students to graduation without an outstanding balance that may prevent them from registering for the classes in their last semester or obtaining their diploma after graduation. This grant is no longer available to students.

The Collegiate Leaders in Increasing MoBility—or CLIMB—Research Initiative is a partnership between leading higher education economists, policymakers, and a diverse set of U.S. colleges and universities. The study seeks to understand not only which colleges act as engines of intergenerational mobility, but why, and how schools and policymakers can promote opportunity and economic growth by helping larger numbers of low-income students reach the middle class.




UIA Campus Leads

  • Sean Navarro

    UIA Fellow & Assistant Director Military-Affiliated Student Center | Academic Success




UIA Working Group

  • Karen Ledom

    Director, College Advising & Student Services College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Bridget Bradley

    Assistant Director, College Advising & Student Services College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Abby Coffin

    Director Undergraduate Advising Center

  • LaTisha Davis

    Associate Director, TRIO SES & OPTIONS Coordinator Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

  • Gretchen Heasty

    Director, TRIO SES & STEM Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

  • Eugene Parker

    Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies School of Education

  • Meagan Patterson

    Associate Professor, Educational Psychology & Faculty Fellow School of Education & Center for Teaching Excellence

  • Andrew Shoemaker

    Director University Academic Support Centers

  • Leah Nicholson

    Assistant Director Financial Aid & Scholarships




Contact

UIA efforts at the University of Kansas are coordinated through Academic Success.  If you have any questions or feedback regarding UIA initiatives at KU please email Academic Success, or call 785-864-4907.

For general information and updates regarding UIA efforts please visit its website.  You can also follow their blog and social media through Twitter or Facebook