About the University Innovation Alliance (UIA)

The University Innovation Alliance is the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to increasing the number and diversity of college graduates in the United States.

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VCU President and UIA Board Member: Michael Rao, Ph.D.

“We are motivated to make a difference. We all want to lift this country and lift the people who haven’t been able to be a part of it by providing access to an experiential and relevant college education."



UIA Overall Impact

Interim VP for strategic enrollment management and student success & UIA Liaison: Hernan Bucheli, Ed.D.

"We are excited to be part of the UIA! Our membership in this exemplary student centered organization will help us boost our student success outcomes at VCU."


VCU as part of the UIA

VCU strives to increase the enrollment and graduation of VCU students to ensure a brighter future for our state and nation! Our partnership with the UIA provides:

  • Innovative ideas and practices implemented by other R1 universities around the nation
  • The opportunity to be part of a data sharing community of R1 universities striving to meet the UIA’s mission
  • Access to outside grant funding for student success initiatives

R1 is an elite designation given by the Carnegie Classification of Institution of Higher Education to universities with the highest levels of research activity.

UIA VCU Goals Alignments

To read more about the University Innovation Alliance’s work to date, click the button below or check out this report.