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!
The UIA believes that lessons learned from failure are just as informative and helpful -- if not more so -- than lessons learned from success. To cultivate an atmosphere of trust in which people feel comfortable sharing their successes and failures, we expect that any remarks shared during the event are not to be attributed publicly unless the speaker has given permission. Journalists are invited to attend, but the remarks will be considered on background. For anyone wishing to write about the experiences discussed at the summit, they may request participants' permission to identify them and their institutions. For further information about ground rules for reporting on the summit, please contact Sarah Herring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.