Georgia State University and 10 other schools are creating a national playbook to help low-income students graduate.
In a statement released on Tuesday, GSU said the University Innovation Alliance was created by schools that serve high numbers of low-income or first-generation collegegoers, and each institute has pioneered methods of ensuring all students graduate.
Besides the obvious, why is that a good thing?
For example, universities such as the University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University and Georgia State have used predictive analytics to aid the academic trajectory of students of all backgrounds. Georgia State successfully used predictive analytics and proactive advising interventions to increase its semester-to-semester retention rates by 5 percent and reduce time-to-degree for graduating students by almost half a semester. This means 1,200 more students are staying in school every year, and the Georgia State Class of 2014 saved $10 million in tuition and fees compared to graduates a year earlier. If these same innovations were scaled across the 11 UIA institutions over the next five years, it is estimated an additional 61,000 students would graduate from UIA institutions and save almost $1.5 billion in educational costs to students and taxpayers.
“That is the kind of transformation the UIA is after,” GSU President Mark Becker said.
Becker will serve as co-chair of the UIA. The UIA has already raised $5.7 million in funding, the member schools will match that figure.
Joining GSU are: Arizona State University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Oregon State University, Purdue University, The Ohio State University, University of California, Riverside, University of Central Florida, University of Kansas, The University of Texas at Austin.
Good luck to the UIA!