American Talent Initiative
Increasing access and opportunity for talented low- and moderate- income students


The American Talent Initiative (ATI) is a Bloomberg Philanthropies-supported collaboration between Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, Ithaka S+R, and a growing alliance of colleges and universities dedicated to substantially expanding opportunity and access for low- and moderate-income students.

By 2025, ATI aims to 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 100 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. In the coming years, we will recruit additional schools with similarly high graduation rates to help maximize our impact and reach our ambitious goal.

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ATI Reports

Benjamin Fresquez, Tania LaViolet, McKenzie Maxson, and Joshua Wyner, The Talent Blind Spot: The Case for Increasing Community College Transfer to High Graduation Rate Institutions, June 27, 2018

Jessie Brown and Martin Kurzweil, Funding Socioeconomic Diversity at High Performing Colleges and Universities, February 15, 2017

ATI Blog Posts

Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta and Emily Schwartz, New Research from the American Talent Initiative on Community College Transfer to Top Colleges and Universities, June 27, 2018

Martin Kurzweil, Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta, and Emily Schwartz, American Talent Initiative Reaches 100 Schools Committed to Expanding Opportunity for More High-Achieving, Low-and Moderate-Income Students, April 18, 2018

Joshua Wyner and Martin Kurzweil, Invest in Talent to Move the Dial on Socioeconomic Diversity on Nation’s College Campuses, March 2, 2018

Emily Schwartz, The American Talent Initiative’s Fall 2017 Data Working Group Meeting, November 15, 2017

Emily Schwartz, The American Talent Initiative’s Fall 2017 Strategic Support Meeting,  October 19, 2017

Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta, Growing the American Talent Initiative, April 25, 2017

Martin Kurzweil, Finding Funds to Support Student Access and Success, February 15, 2017

Martin Kurzweil and Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta, Joining Together to Expand Access and Opportunity, December 13, 2016

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