American Talent Initiative

The American Talent Initiative (ATI) brings colleges and universities together with the philanthropy and research communities in order to expand access and opportunity for talented low- and moderate-income students.

In partnership with ITHAKA S+R, a growing alliance of colleges and universities, and philanthropic partner Bloomberg Philanthropies, ATI aims to, by 2025, increase by 50,000 the total number of lower-income students enrolled and on-track to graduate at the colleges and universities that consistently graduate at least 70 percent of their students in six years. Today, ATI includes more than 125 institutions—a mix of public and private colleges and universities from all over the country—committed to enhancing their own efforts to recruit and support lower-income students, learn from each other, and contribute to research that will help other colleges and universities expand opportunity. ATI launched in 2016 with 30 founding institutions and we continue recruiting additional schools with similarly high graduation rates to help maximize our impact and reach our ambitious goal.

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New research: ATI colleges add 7,291 more lower-income students
Wall Street Journal: Top colleges enrolling more students from low-income homes
Washington Post: With Bloomberg's backing, top colleges seek more low-income students
Washington Post: The talent is out there
The Talent Blind Spot
Inside Higher Ed: From community college to a selective university
Forbes: Thousands of promising students aren't getting bachelor's degrees
Aspen Ideas Festival: Expanding college excellence
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Tania Nguyen LaViolet, Senior Program Manager