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The University Innovation Alliance National Summit

The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) is pleased to invite you to the first national summit for Student Success Innovation and Campus Transformation.

This won't be your standard higher ed conference. We'll speak with each other, not at each other. We love short, dynamic presentations and rich conversations, so we'll avoid long-winded keynotes. We'll cheer for success, and also get honest about challenges and failure. We'll focus on team-building, to break through the isolation that keeps great ideas bottled up.

We can't wait for you to join us!

Atlanta Downtown Hilton
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

April 3-5, 2018

Registration is now open. CLICK HERE to register. For questions about registration, email

Why Attend?

Over the course of the three-day event, you and your fellow team members will experience the way our campuses work together to inspire each other to fight through the obstacles that hold back innovation, and implement transformative ideas that help more students graduate.

At UIA convenings:

  • Attendees come as teams, not as individuals
  • No long keynotes
  • No dry panel discussions
  • We put ideas on stage, not titles
  • We avoid carb-laden buffets that leave you sleepy

Your team will experience:

  • Short, dynamic talks designed to inspire action (coupled with templates and support documents you can use on your own campus)
  • Practical and insightful content designed to motivate and inspire busy overburdened administrators who are passionate about student success
  • Breakouts for teams to work together
  • Failure-sharing sessions
  • Building real relationships to propel new collaboration
  • Healthy and delicious food that energizes you to learn

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Designed For You

Improve Student Success

  • Rather than designing our events solely around our ideas, we design them to reflect your needs. When you register, you'll have the opportunity to tell us what innovations you're working on and what you want to learn more about.
  • We know you are busy.
  • We know that you are giving us a rare gift when you travel to our convenings, and we value your attention and your time.
  • Our events are designed to engage your mind and spirit.
  • You will leave invigorated with new ideas, new allies, and practical steps to take action for your students.
  • You will also learn about proven innovations that improve student success, lessons from scale, and how to build a thriving community of practice to support your work. We will highlight big ideas from inside and outside the UIA, across all types of campuses.
  • We want to share what we know, and we want to learn from you.
  • We want to help you advance and sustain change that will improve the lives of all students.
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Our sponsors

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Why the UIA?

Since its launch in 2014, the UIA has transformed a theoretical concept for collaboration into a nationally recognized community of practice that is driving both institutional transformation and improved student outcomes. Today, our institutions are on track to graduate an additional 100,000 students over the next decade, and we have raised graduation rates for students from low-income backgrounds by nearly 25 percent.

Our work is based on the simple proposition that when universities share ideas, experiences, and challenges, and work together, they can accelerate innovations that help students graduate with a college degree.

The intentional design of our convenings has been critical to our success. Each event brings together teams from our member universities to discuss their progress on innovation, to bring new ideas to their peers, and to hear from innovative leaders from outside our network. By building relationships with colleagues at their own institutions and from other Alliance universities, people leave our conferences energized for the work ahead and with a network of fellow innovators they can rely on to sustain their momentum.

This first-of-its-kind National Summit is designed to diffuse innovations in higher education and motivate institutional leaders to take action by implementing cutting-edge ideas, while also exposing a wide range of universities to the UIA’s convening framework and strategy.

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