In a bid to boost the participation of low-income students seeking higher studies, eleven major public universities have clubbed hands to share ideas and figure out the solutions in an effort to get more and more students from this class graduating from college on time.
People related with the development said that the main aim behind the major union is to find out the successful pilot programs for raising the rate of graduation, take successful models to scale and also sharing these ideas in ways so that they can be applied on other campuses.
All the eleven universities will join hands for the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) to tackle the issue.
According to a report, the rate of college completion has increased for well heeled students but they have remained determinedly at lower levels for students hailing from low-income families.
Students from high-income families are seven times more likely to complete a college degree than low-income students. Educationalists say this is emerging as a serious problem from both social justice and national economic reasons.
“Where colleges were once seen as vehicles of social mobility, they’re now actually creating, in some sense, a social barrier between the haves and have-nots,” says Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University, one of the 11 varsities that collaborated with UIA.
There have been a large number of small pilots at various schools that appear to be very promising. With the major alliance, the team behind the project needs to both expand and scale the initiatives and find out a way to provide them to other institutions.