Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

Assistance from partner institutions and learning networks like the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) help by providing playbooks for implementing and scaling solutions across campuses and institutions. The recently launched UIA, comprised of 11 major research universities, is committed to improving college retention and completion rates by deploying evidence-based solutions, scaling proven ideas, and sharing transparent assessments of successes and setbacks. APLU, in coordination with Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, is funding a pilot project with seven urban research universities to research, develop, and test new, scalable university business models that can increase access, improve success rates, and find greater cost efficiencies. Once the pilot phase is complete, APLU will use its national network to scale the most promising findings and practices to help its more than 200 public university members better meet the needs of their changing student populations.

Similarly, the State University Systems Transformation project works with leading state university systems, all using common design and implementation approaches, to develop case studies for how to design for scale and feasibility, and rapidly prototype. Each university system is undertaking a unique project. For example, Montana will scale use of EdReady and Prior Learning Assessment, Georgia will implement business models for collaborative course development and delivery, and Tennessee will test feasibility of system-wide advising programs.

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