The Frontier Set is an $80 million higher education investment made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to understand better how institutions transform to serve better the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s learners. The Frontier Set membership includes 29 colleges and universities and two-state systems, and intermediaries support all. The APLU/USU intermediary team consists of 4 staff: USU Director, Andrea Rodriguez, Program Manager, Mitzy Gonzalez, Data Analyst, Matt Renn, and Program Coordinator, Winston Savoy.
In 2015, APLU &USU were selected to join the Frontier Set project due to their achievements in improving student success outcomes and their history of working collaboratively with other institutions to solve complex problems. Frontier Set members are charged with conducting their equity-focused work through an equity-focused lens and piloting new strategies and tactics that will drive real change. Each participating institution is experiencing a change in different ways. Currently, three case studies are being performed that will provide more insight into how other higher education professionals and institutions can best respond to change in the best way for students, faculty, and staff.
The APLU/USU intermediate team acts as an intermediary for three member institutions/sites:
Florida International University
Georgia State University
Portland State University.
Each site has a lead lead that works directly with USU & APLU to administer the foundation's Institutional Transformation Assessment (ITA) and facilitate consensus/sense-making conversations to unpack the experience.
Bridgette Cram, Assistant Vice-President of Academic & Student Affairs, Florida International University
Zhewei Gregory, University Innovation Alliance Fellow and Project Director, Georgia State University
Randi Harris, Director of Transfer & Returning Student Resource Center, Portland State University
investment over seven years