ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

How Innovative Universities are Ditching Competition and Joining Forces

May 12, 2017 by Christine Ravold

Even when it isn’t football or basketball season, colleges can be competitive with each other; they compete for grants, students, faculty and top administrators. But does competition cost higher education opportunities to improve student outcomes? Instead of competing, the University Innovation Alliance’s members—eleven of the largest public research universities—are embracing a spirit of data-sharing and cooperation to increase access and success. UIA Executive Director Bridget Burns joins Higher Ed Now to share inspiring stories of schools like Purdue, Arizona State University, and Georgia State. Through innovation and approaches that challenge the conventional wisdom on student success, these universities have become national models for student success and fiscal responsibility. ACTA has recognized UIA as a “blueprint for reform” in its newest guide for trustees, Bold Leadership, Real Reform 2.0, university leaders will learn how to incubate ideas that will benefit the institution and the students it serves.