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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.


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.

Contact with any questions.

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

Ohio State's UIA Team

Assistant Vice President of Institutional Research & Planning

Julie W. Carpenter-Hubin

Executive Director, Student Financial Aid

Diane Corbett

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

Kay Halasek

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Undergraduate Education
Professor of Linguistics

Beth V. Hume

Interim Dean and Director, Ohio State Mansfield

Norman W. Jones

UIA Fellow

Derrick Tillman-Kelly

Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

John D. Wanzer


Student Success Specialist

Brandon M. Hines

Student Success and Training Specialist

Niki Jaburek

Director, Enrollment Services Analysis & Reporting; FITW Data Lead

Linda Katunich

Student Success Specialist

Margaret M. Nevrekar

Data Specialist and Application Support

Yash V. Singhania

Our Partners

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Lumina Foundation
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Strada Education Network
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