University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education



What is the University Innovation Alliance?

The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) is a consortium of 11 large public research universities committed to graduating an additional 68,000 graduates by 2020. The group is committed to regaining the U.S.’s economic competitive edge by helping more students—from all backgrounds—graduate with a high-quality and affordable education.

The 11 UIA universities represent 6% of the total undergraduate population of all public 4-year schools in the U.S., 10% of undergraduates at doctoral research institutions, and 18% in the “very high research” segment.

How is the University Innovation Alliance unique?

This is the first time a group of large, public, research universities has self-organized across state and conference lines specifically to test and scale solutions designed to increase retention and graduation rates in higher education.

The UIA represents 389,713 undergraduate students, of which approximately 30% are Pell recipients.

What is the “First in the World” grant program?

“First in the World” is a Federal grant program funded by the Department of Education. The program is designed to “validate” interventions that have been shown by previous research to be effective in helping at-risk student populations succeed in college. Both the study proposed for the grant and the study on which it is based must meet Federal “What Works Clearinghouse” standards, meaning that the study must be conducted using a Randomized Control Trial and meet other standards for research rigor.

What is MAAPS?

MAAPS stands for Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success and is the “First in the World” project of the University Innovation Alliance. The project will track the impact of a series of analytics-informed proactive interventions on 10,000 low-income and/or first-generation students across the eleven UIA universities over the next three years.

Why is MAAPS important?

The Federal “What Works Clearinghouse” currently has only one study on the effects of academic advising on post-secondary outcomes. This means that, while hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent on advising by American colleges and universities every semester, we have very little validated knowledge of which advising practices are more or less effective.

The one study on academic advisement that currently exists in the “What Works Clearinghouse” involves on a single institution. MAAPS will be the first validated study of the impacts of academic advisement across multiple universities. It will also build upon the strength of our institutions as research universities.

Why must we adjust our advising practices and tracking as a part of MAAPS?

A major reason that no cross-institutional study of advising currently meets “What Works Clearinghouse” standards is that our campuses have typically collected little tracking data about the types of advising interventions being deployed and the outcomes produced by these interventions. There are no documented instances in which tracking data and outcomes have been collected in a uniform manner across universities. As a strict condition of our receiving grant funding, the Federal government requires that each funded campus collect and record data in a rigorous and uniform manner.

It is important to note that the MAAPS study does not involve a control group in the typical sense of the term. In other words, no student on any campus will receive less that the current levels of advising support on his or her campus, but students randomly selected for the MAAPS interventions will receive more than the current practices.

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