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Iowa State joins national alliance to help more low-income, first-generation students to graduate

Iowa State University recently joined with 10 other public research universities in launching a first-ever project to expand the use of highly successful, innovative programs designed to help more students complete a college education. Formation of the University Innovation Alliance was announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Washington, D.C.

Iowa State will share best practices in its learning communities program, which has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the nation. The learning communities program at Iowa State is in its 20th year, and if this year is like previous ones, about 70 percent of Iowa State’s first-time, direct from high school students will join a learning community.

Representing Iowa State at the announcement in Washington D.C., were ISU Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert; Alma Marquez, a graduate of East High School in Des Moines and an ISU senior in chemical engineering (and a learning community participant and mentor); and Angie Mallory, a doctoral student in English, U.S. Navy veteran and coordinator of the new Veterans Learning Community.

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