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About the University Innovation Alliance
UIA Summit 2018: The Future of Higher Ed Conferences

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. 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.


Ohio State joins new effort to close gap between higher education and work

The Ohio State University is joining a national group of leading, innovative institutions that are redesigning the college-to-career pathway. The work is supported, in part, by $2.4 million from the Strada Education Network.

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Ohio State leadership to attend UIA summit on student success and campus transformation

Leadership from Ohio State will participate in the University Innovation Alliance's first National Summit for Student Success Innovation and Campus Transformation in April 2018.

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Inside Higher Ed: UIA impacts low-income student success

The 11 universities of the University Innovation Alliance released new data on Thursday showing a 24.7 percent increase in the number of their low-income graduates in the past three years.

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Member Institutions

Arizona State University

University of California - Riverside

University of Central Florida

Georgia State University

Iowa State University

University of Kansas

Michigan State University

The Ohio State University

Oregon State University

Purdue University

University of Texas at Austin

Ohio State is proud to be part of a national partnership of universities working to bring the American Dream within reach of even more students.

President Michael V. Drake, MD

2020 Vision

Access, Affordability and Excellence

Ohio State is committed to ensuring that our students receive a high quality, affordable college degree. In partnership with the UIA, we are investing in predictive analytics, academic advising, financial aid, and teaching.

Community Engagement

Along with federal, state and community partners, Ohio State will implement collective strategies that elevate all members of society—such as a program for early childhood educators to obtain a bachelor's degree for free.

Diversity and Inclusion

Guided by an inclusive excellence framework, Ohio State and the UIA are committed to broadening access and success in college to all students, regardless of background.

Campus Goals

As a member of the UIA, Ohio State has renewed its commitment to boosting college completion rates while maintaining or enhancing educational quality. Through this partnership, Ohio State is working with national peers to develop an innovative playbook to retain and graduate more students, particularly low-income and first generation students.


Demonstrate the power of meaningful collaboration internally and beyond the university to encourage, increase and sustain student success and graduation.


Decrease the difference in graduation rates of low-income, first generation, and other historically marginalized and underrepresented student populations and the university average.

Regional Campuses

Provide additional attention to the success of Ohio State students who begin at our regional campuses.

Student Success

Adapt proven strategies for increasing student success from UIA partner institutions.

Current Projects

OnCourse is Ohio State's Student Success Platform designed to provide more information, more readily to various campus constituencies to support undergraduate student success.

Powered by EAB's Student Success Collaborative Campus platform, OnCourse provides academic advisors with a dashboard of information about students' current progress to degree, as well as a centralized communication, scheduling, and documentation system to support academic advising, tutoring and other support services.

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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.

Contact the FITW MAAPS team at

Based on retention grants in use at several member institutions, the UIA has developed a grants program to provide assistance to students who are approaching graduation but face financial hurdles restricting their ability to enroll, persist, and subsequently complete their degree. Through the support of UIA funders, Ohio State began offering Buckeyes Finish Strong Completion Grants in Autumn 2017 to students within two semesters of graduation, who have small balances on their accounts and meet several other criteria. For more information about the Buckeyes Finish Strong Completion grants, contact the UIA team at

Bridging the Gap from Education to Employment (BGEE), a collaboration between seven of the UIA’s 11 institutions, is funded by Strada Education Network. Over three year grant period, BGEE will leverage the expertise of UIA institutions and business leaders to: (a) reimagine how graduates communicate marketable job skills; (b) capture best practices for building and maintaining strategic University-employer partnerships; and (c) enhance campus career services to meet the unique needs of all students. This project’s executive sponsors are Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston (Student Life), Julie Carpenter-Hubin (Institutional Research and Planning) and Dr. Beth Hume (Undergraduate Education).

For more information about this “College to Career” project, contact the UIA team at

Ohio State's UIA Team

Assistant Vice Provost for Student Academic Success

David Graham

Director, University Institute for Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor of English

Kay Halasek

Vice Provost for Student Academic Success and Dean of Undergraduate Education
Professor of Linguistics

Beth V. Hume

Dean and Director, Ohio State Mansfield

Norman W. Jones

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

James L. Moore, III

Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

D'Andra Mull

UIA Fellow

Tiffany N. Polite


Student Success Specialist

Brandon M. Hines

Director, Enrollment Services Analysis & Reporting; FITW Data Lead

Linda Katunich

Student Success Specialist

Margaret M. Nevrekar

UIA Fellow

Tiffany N. Polite


Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies

Anika Anthony

Employer Relations and Internship Director, Buckeye Careers

Julia Beckner

UIA Fellow, Purdue University

Beth Elmore

Senior Director, Center for Career and Professional Success

Brian Guerrero

Associate Dean for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Katherine Kelley

Executive Director, Center for the Study of Student Life

Anne McDaniel

UIA Fellow

Tiffany N. Polite

Director, Career Services

Amy Thaci

Director and Project Lead, Buckeye Careers

Nancy Thompson

Manager of Recruiter Relations and Technology, Office of Career Management

Mark Wilson

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Carnegie Corporation of New York

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ECMC Foundation

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Ford Foundation

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Kresge Foundation

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Lumina Foundation

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Markle Foundation

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Strada Education Network

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