Innovating Together: Collaboration as a Driving Force to Improve Student Success

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In an article which is nothing less than a call-to-action, Bridget Burns, Michael Crow and Mark Becker call for “the most sorely needed disruption in higher education.” Burns. is the Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, The UIA is a national consortium of 11 large public research universities now working together in what is described as an “innovation cluster.” Their goal is “to improve outcomes for all students through innovation, scale, and diffusion of best practices.”

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The article was originally published on March 2, 2015 at educause.edu and takes a page from the high tech world of start-ups. The authors detail their vision for the use of collaborative innovation to solve higher ed’s most pressing problems, in particular, “by helping more students access opportunities for higher education and attain degrees and skills to advance their own and the nation's economic success.” The article lays out the obstacles to such collaboration and explains how competition and exclusivity prevent real interaction at the institutional level. The article, and UIA itself, is offered as a model for leveraging the success that many postsecondary schools have had, but have been unable to share. Click on the link above to read the full article.

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