UW News

December 17, 2018

American Talent Initiative shows increased college access for lower-income students

UW News

The American Talent Initiative, a nationwide alliance comprising the University of Washington and more than 100 other colleges and universities, has made significant progress in improving opportunities for low- and moderate-income students, according to a new report.

Together, members of the American Talent Initiative have increased enrollment of students who receive federal Pell grants by 7,291 since the 2016-17 school year, achieving 15 percent of the initiative’s overall goal.


Read more about the report in the Wall Street Journal.


This momentum, highlighted in A 2018 Report on the Progress of the American Talent Initiative in its First Two Years, released today, indicates that ATI is on track to reach its goal to make the nation’s top colleges more accessible for 50,000 additional lower-income students by 2025.

The UW is a founding member of ATI and worked to enhance its own efforts to recruit, enroll and support lower-income students.

“The University of Washington is deeply invested in making a high-quality college education accessible to low-income Washington students, both by ensuring that college remains affordable and by providing the tools and support they need to finish their undergraduate degrees,” said UW President Ana Mari Cauce. “We are proud to be a founding member of the American Talent Initiative, and the positive results in this report are a great indication of the powerful impact we can have together.”

The American Talent Initiative is a first-of-its-kind partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ithaka S+R and the Aspen Institute to enroll and graduate an additional 50,000 low- and moderate-income students at top-performing colleges and universities during the next decade. The initiative has continued to grow since its founding in 2016 and now has 108 member institutions.