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American Talent Initiative Reaches 100 Schools Committed to Expanding Opportunity for More High-Achieving, Low-and Moderate-Income Students

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The American Talent Initiative (ATI), a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative led by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Ithaka S+R, today announced that its membership has reached 100 top colleges and universities working collectively toward the goal of enrolling 50,000 additional talented, low- and moderate-income students at colleges and universities with strong graduation rates by 2025.

Launched in December 2016 with 30 colleges and universities, ATI member institutions must meet the standard of graduating at least 70 percent of their students in six years. Membership in ATI now includes the entire Ivy League, 17 state flagship universities, and private colleges. Some of the highest-enrolling undergraduate institutions in the country are members – including the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of California system – which have the size to scale opportunities for high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students. In addition, 72 private institutions—including newest members Emory University, and Hamilton College—have signed on, which together enroll approximately 340,000 students.